April 2010, Kreuzkirche Dresden
Sabine Jordan danced to contemporary (Jehan Alain and Jean Langlais) and baroc (J.S. Bach) organ music in the Kreuzkirche Dresden.
October 2009, High-Voltage hall of the Technical University Dresden
In 1516 Thomas Morus wrote a novel "Utopia" which inspired Martina Veh (direction) and Alexander Strauch (music) half a millenium later to create an opera. The photo below shows insulators for high-voltage experiments at Dresden University where the opera was performed.
September 2009, Yenidze Dresden
Westmongolische Musik: Kehlkopfgesang (Höömii) mit Pferdekopfgeigen (Morin khuur) und Trommel. Der Höhepunkt: Hosoo (in der Mitte) singt dreistimmig!
July 2009, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (Czech Republic)
ČERCHEŇA performed in The Little Wooden Town in Rožnov p.R. during a festival of Slovak folk dance Jánošĺkov Dukát. See more photos of ČERCHEŇA.
July 2009, Valasske Mezirici (Czech Republic)
Johnny played a mixture of his own compositions, jazz standards and Latin rhythms. His intense and energetic performance was received with excitement, though Johnny avoided easy music (with a single exception of a Bolivian dance) and borrowed frequently from free jazz, including clusters played with a flat palm, an ellbow and a fist.
July 2009, Castle Loket (Czech Republic)
Abou-Khalil wrote Arabic-style music to texts of five Portuguese poets. Fado sanger Ricardo Ribeiro interpreted them, accompanied by Abou-Khalil's oud. See report and further photos for details.
June 2009, Dresden, in front of Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory
Giuseppe Verdi, from I Vespri Siciliani: Overture, O tu, Palermo (Georg Zeppenfeld), In braccio alle dovizie (Roberto Servile)
Jules Massenet: Meditation from Thais for violine and orchestra
Charles Gounod: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle (Juwelenarie) from Faust (Chiara Taigi)
Jules Massenet: Vision fugitive from Hérodiade (Roberto Servile)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
Giuseppe Verdi, from Simone Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito (Georg Zeppenfeld), Suona ogni labbro il mio nome (Georg Zeppenfeld, Roberto Servile), Come in quest’ora bruna (Chiara Taigi), Figlia a tal nome il palpito (Roberto Servile, Chiara Taigi)
June 2009, Dresden, Bunte Republik Neustadt
June 2009, Wien, Public Art Installation in the garden behind Secession exhibition center
Pedestrians strolling in the garden of the Secession building noticed that something unusual was going on, but few realized that they were entering an Art Installation. Pawel Althamer blocked the exhibition building, leaving only a narrow tunnel leading to the garden. He manipulated the place by numerous minor, careful intervensions: building a small vegetable garden in an edge between highly frequented roads, hanging a dummy satellite dish made of an umbrella in a tree, fixing fragments of Anton Blitzstein's psycho-sci-fi texts on tree trunks, hanging a boat torso made by Donat Grzechowiak between tree crowns. The shack on the left was built by students for a local homeless.
A mentally handicapped young man repeats a bowing ritual with grimasses, over and over, on a concrete area at the entrance. Nobody seems bothered or even interested. This coexistence is an achievement of its own, though Althamer's intention to enable communication across class borders - he even arranged for a camp fire to nourish such interactions - was not that successful.
Willingly or not, people entering the space by chance or out of curiosity become part of the event. Public participation means giving away the control and even the authorship, which has a great potential but also many pitfalls. Although the idea is not new, searching for new ways of exploiting it continues to be a challenge for performance art.
June 2009, Wien, Kunsthalle/Museumsquartier
May 2009, Dreikönigskirche Dresden
triOzean is Olga Nowikow on piano, Krishan Zeigner on drums and Lars Födisch on bass. triOzean played after Matthias Rethberg Trio, which is a well-known name in Dresden's jazz scene while triOzean is a newcomer, in frame of "Jazz in the Church" series.
I reported about the performances of Krishan Zeiger, the drummer of triOzean, already three times: in Nicht fallen in 2007, Suenos del Sur in 2008, and Mementos Vividos in 2009, always with choreographies by Cynthia Gonzalez.
May 2009, Munich, Haus der Kunst
March 2009, San Jose, Costa Rica
January 2009, Velke Karlovice, Czech Republic
Head of the choir Pavla Mikeskova in the middle. See also photos of 2006 with two MP3 recordings.
Text and photos: Petr Karlovsky