October 27 | 28, 2018
On the basis of the work of the Brothers Grimm on the German dictionary, Annette Schmucki composes a music theatre for voices, instruments and video projections. The project is a cooperation between the Swiss ensemble proton bern and the Berlin based voice ensemble Maulwerker. It speaks of hunting and collecting the language, of exposing, conquering, taming the language mountain and its invincibility. Of two brothers, of their ceaseless working off words; day after day, door to door, in very different working tempi, techniques, types of well-being.
durst&frucht speaks about recognizing and acknowledging the gaps, the freedoms, the permanent change of language, its borderline phenomena, incomprehensibility, openness and about the Grimms, who finally die over the words »durst« and »frucht«.
One can hear words, word lists, word particles and scraps of narration. Pulses, clumps and fields. It is a crossover between music and language. A shift of language in music as well as of music in language. One can see flying words, opening mouths, sharpened pencils and ears, writing movements.
Performance in German.
Composition Annette Schmucki Direction Therese Schmidt Stage and costume design Hsuan Huang Light Konrad Dietze Video Annie Rüfenacht Production management Helena Tsiflidis (fonundtsu*) Instruments, conducting ensemble proton bern: Matthias Kuhn (conductor), Martin Bliggenstorfer (lupophone), Bettina Berger (flutes), Miao Zhao (clarinet), Elise Jacoberger (contraforte), Vera Schnider (harp), Maximilian Haft (violin), Jan-Filip Ťupa (violoncello), Samuel Fried (electronics) Voices Maulwerker: Ariane Jessulat, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Katarina Rasinski, Steffi Weismann
Eine durst&frucht production in coproduction with the Bern Music Festival and Gare du Nord Basel. Funded by Pro Helvetia, Fachausschuss Musik BS/BL, RHL Foundation, Prof. Otto Beisheim-Stiftung, FONDATION SUISA, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, UBS Kulturstiftung, Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Stiftung Wolf, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Georges und Jenny Bloch-Stiftung, Gesellschaft zu Ober-Gerwern, Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein and Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA). Performances in Berlin supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.