Ambient 1: Theatre for Airports (Hyperion)

Daniel Schrader

© Quiet City Films | Daniela del Pomar, Paul Holdsworth

Premiere October 11, 2019
October 12 | 13, 2019
February 07 | 08, 2020


»Ambient Theatre is intended to induce calm and a space to think. It must be able to accomodate many levels of watching and listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.« (Brian Eno, not quite)

In Ambient 1: Theatre for Airports (Hyperion) Daniel Schrader and the performers Toni Jessen and Wieland Schönfelder create a theatre that orientates itself on the structures and mechanisms of Ambient Music. In the same way that Ambient liberates itself from elements typical of pop music such as beats, hooks, choruses, etc., they test an approach to language that experimentally overcomes established theatrical tools like accentuation, pointing, rhythm and dialogue.
Based on Hölderlin’s »Hyperion«, they create a fluid composition of language in motion. A truly understated performance that aims on activating its audience by radically leaving them alone.

Daniel Schrader studied Cultural Studies and Slavic Philology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and was an assistant director at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Since 2010 he has been part of the artistic direction of Ballhaus Ost, projects here include: as a director V. after Thomas Pynchon and Heimliches Berlin after Franz Hessel and most recently, together with Anne Brammen, Tina Pfurr and Christoph Winkler, Fan Fic Festival.

Running time: 70 min.
Mainly in German.

Performance Toni Jessen, Wieland Schönfelder Concept, direction Daniel Schrader Sound design Björn Stegmann Light design Fabian Eichner Costumes Nina Kroschinske

A Ballhaus Ost production. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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