“Go to Hogwarts!”
A reading by Rufus Beck for the the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter
1st of September | 19:00
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Since the release of the first volume of the Harry Potter series, September 1 has been a special date for millions of Potterheads worldwide. Because that is the day all the magic students return to the bewitching world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: into the new school year, on to new adventures – off to Hogwarts!

For the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter in Germany, the actor and vocal magician Rufus Beck will be reading live from Harry Potter books for the first time in many years.

Organizers: Carlsen Verlag, Der Hörverlag and Audible in cooperation with Thalia Bookstore

Stars of Tomorrow

Rolando Villazón
Concert | Live TV show
September 6 & 7, 2018 | 19:00

STARS OF TOMORROW stands for passion, emotion and outstanding music – classical music! Young artists, on the way to a great career, present themselves and their abilities to the audience – as soloists or with orchestra. Your host in a casual workshop atmosphere is no less than the world-class tenor Rolando Villazón. In his very own, sympathetic way, he introduces the STARS OF TOMORROW in interviews and accompanies through the program.

Sangre de Muerdago

Sangre de Muerdago
Support: Nihil Nihil
September 8, 2018 | 19:00

SANGRE DE MUERDAGO is the creation of Pablo C. Ursusson. Acknowledged Galician musician, composer, painter, sculptor, lyricist, traveller of the deep forests and the seven seas, together with different guests and collaborators performing very touching Acoustic folk inspired by the otherworld. Perfect for evenings with candles and red wine. At the moment SANGRE DE MUERDAGO includes outstanding and recognized musicians Georg Börner, Erik Heimansberg and Asia Kindred Moore.

SANGRE DE MUERDAGO have played almost 300 concerts in the last few years, that brought them on 13 international tours through over 20 countries. Places as far from each other as Portugal, Finland, Croatia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, USA, France, England, Taiwan, Spain, Hongkong, Germany, Canada and many more.Now they are ready to cast a spell over the Delphi audience. www.sangredemuerdago.com

“A glorious piece of witchcraft-tinged neofolk in all its immensity and beauty”

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Celtic harp, voice, crickets Asia Kindred Moore | Nyckelharpa, viola, shaker, voice Georg “Xurxo” Börner | Flute, bodhrán, voice Erik Heimansberg | Composition, classical guitar, hurdy-gurdy, square drum, shaker, bells, voice Pablo C. Ursusson


„Blick in den Strom“
BOBO&Herzfeld and Zabélov

Record release concert
September 9, 2018 | 20:00

BOBO&Herzfeld present their new album: an atmospheric soundtrack of modern art song, experimental instrumentals and pop.

In the 90s, Bobo rose to fame in the German indie rock scene with her band Bobo in White Wooden Houses. After several albums, she attracted international attention through collaborations with the London Session Orchestra and with Rammstein, for whose “Engel” she sang the female part.

In recent years, Bobo has made a name for herself as a modern art song singer together with BOBO&Herzfeld. She sings old German folk songs and sets poems of German romanticism to classical music, written by film and theater composer Sebastian Herzfeld with unusual instruments such as a prepared piano, harmonium and various percussion instruments. The two musicians, who already played together in a jazz band in their student days and then lost sight of each other, build a bridge to their roots with this Romantic Roots project BOBO & Herzfeld

For their innovative mix of song, experimental music and German poetry, BOBO & Herzfeld are celebrated by audiences. In 2008 they received the world music award “RUTH” for their album “Songs of Love and Death”.

BOBO & Herzfeld play with the musician Yegor Zabélov, the most well known accordionist of the Belarusian off-music scene, whose virtuoso playing of hymnic melodies and driving rhythms often seduces the audience to standing ovations.

Blick in den Strom sets music to poems by Joseph von Eichendorff, Nikolaus Lenau, Rainer Maria Rilke, J. W. Goethe et al and finishes their romantic triology, that once started with their award winning Liedern von Liebe und Tod (Songs of Love and Death)

Sebastian Herzfeld Prepared piano, Harmonium (pump organ), Bass, metal instruments, trumpet | Yegor Zabélov Accordion | BOBO Vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, pipe organ


JOHN DOWLAND! (BaroqueLounge)
lautten compagney BERLIN | Hanna Herfurtner
September 11, 2018 | 19:30

Improvisations, arrangements, electronics: Dowland’s music in historical and modern sounds. The lautten compagney plays this time with the soprano Hanna Herfurtner. www.hannaherfurtner.de

The lautten compagney BERLIN is one of the most renowned and creative German Baroque ensembles. For three decades, their concerts under the artistic direction of Wolfgang Katschner have been fascinating audiences. JOHN DOWLAND! is part of their BaroqueLounge concert series which dedicates each concret to a different composer, style or instrument. www.lauttencompagney.de

Janelle Monáe

A Coversation with Janelle Monáe
September 14, 2018 | 20:00

Singer, songwriter, producer and actress, Janelle Monáe has been electrifying audiences with her hybrid brand of Afrofuturist funk, soul and R&B since her 2010 debut LP ArchAndroid. Most recently, the Kansas City native and Wondaland label head has starred in two award-winning films, Moonlight and Hidden Figures, and released 2018’s critically-acclaimed audiovisual piece Dirty Computer. A fierce activist in her public life, Monáe uses science fiction and sonic elements from various styles and genres to explore themes of race, class and sexuality – which has established her as one of the most forward-thinking creative voices of her generation. We welcome the musical android for a public lecture about her life and career.

The Whale in the Room

The Whale in the Room
João Cidade
Dance Theatre | World Premiere
September 15-16, 2018 | 20:00

Struggling to cope with the fast pace of climate change, two mammals open a dialogue in hopes to save the world.

There is unequivocal scientific evidence that the problem is real – climate change is not a hoax. And given the speed at which it is expanding, the metaphorical idiom ‘the elephant in the room’ seems to lose accuracy when addressing this issue. Perhaps the biggest animal that ever lived on the planet would make more sense. Climate change has become ‘the whale in the room’.

In the new dance piece by João Cidade, Merie Klemm and Sofia Sarmento pay their tribute to this. Accompanied by the atmospheric music composed for the piece by Marcelo Schmittner Daza, they dance one, maybe last, joint song. The colossal confusion that they create on land and water, but also the powerful, pictorial movements of the performers provokes new thinking about one of the most threatening of all open secrets.

João Cidade graduated from EPAOE – Chapitô (Lisbon) in 2010. In that same year he did an internship with CPBC (Portuguese Contemporary Ballet Company) before he moved to the UK to further invest in his learning process and to continue working as a freelance performer. Studied at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, the National Centre for Circus Arts and The Actors’ Temple. In early 2015 he moved to Berlin and started creating his own work. In 2016 he was invited by Zawirowania Dance Theatre to lead a period of research which led him to the creation of ‘While the Others Go Wild’ (2017). Most recently, Cidade has been invited as resident artist for the festival Danzad Danzad Malditos 2018 (ES) in order to create a new work for the festival’s programme. http://joaocidade.com/

With fragments in English language.

Duration: ca. 50 min.

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Direction & Choreography João Cidade | Co-creation & Performance Marie Hanna Klemm and Sofia Sarmento | Lighting Design Emese Csornai | Music Marcelo Andres Schmittner | Production Assistance Manon Santi

In co-production with Theater im Delphi Berlin

Supported by Tanzzentrale der Region Nürnberg e.V. (DE), Acker Stadt Palast (DE), De Figuranten (BE)

Exploring Identities

Exploring Identities – a circus show
Grazer Akrosphäre
World première
28th & 29th September 2018 | 20:00

In their contemporary circus piece Exploring Identities – a circus show, the six artists of the Grazer Akrosphäre will shed light on how life and their own identity are shaped by different decisions. Breathtaking acrobatics and character work, an elegant and thought provoking game on the vertical cloth and trapeze, light and video design allow multiple parallel worlds with their own possibilities for action arise.
The Grazer Akrosphäre, founded by Kerstin Oschabnig and Uwe Sattelkow, has been active for about three years as a non-profit association for acrobatics and circus arts in Graz. Exploring Identities is the second self production of the Grazer collective and is thematically linked to its first production Identity Taken. The young ensemble from Germany, Austria and the USA will premiere in Berlin with Exploring Identities – a circus show. www.akrosphaere.at www.identity-show.com

Duration: 1 hour

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Production: Grazer Akrosphäre in cooperation with Cameo Acrobatix | Kerstin Oschabnig Performance: Magdalena Öhler, Simon Bigelmayr, Sophie Staudt, Uwe Sattelkow, Kerstin Oschabnig, Yasmine Heyer | Outside Eye: Maja Karolina Franke, Veza Maria Fernández Ramos, Jean Marc Lebon | Technical Director: Albert Tröbinger

Exploring Identities – a circus show is funded by the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the city of Graz.

Unwürdiges Kabarett

Unwürdiges Kabarett (Cabaret Indigno)
Cida Moreira & Cancioneiro Queer
Cabaret | World Premiere
September 30, 2018 | 19:00

“Unwürdiges Kabarett” (Ignoble Cabaret) is the result of a collaboration between Brazilian actress, singer and pianist Cida Moreira with artists from the project Cancioneiro Queer. Songs from Weimar Republic, Brazilian Musical Theatre from Chico Buarque, as well as pieces by Caetano Veloso, David Bowie, Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht, and others, are performed in a queer fashion. The Cabaret recognizes and celebrates those that society deems as “unworthy”. An homage to Brazilian and international LGBTQ music from different historical moments!
In German, English and Brazilian Portuguese

Duration: 70 minutes

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Cast: Cida Moreira, Marcelo Kuna, Sérgio Anders, Raissa Brannt, Leo Mendonza | Pianist: Fabio Costa | Double bass: Fausto Borém | Drums: Matheus Rodrigues | Light design and operation: Tainá Rosa | Executive Producer: Marina Abelha

This work is partially supported by the international cultural exchange program “Música Minas” from the Secretary of State for Culture of Minas Gerais (SEC-MG).

The Song of the Earth

The Song of the Earth
from NOVOFLOT, after Gustav Mahler
Music Theater | World Premiere
October 12.-14. & 19.-21.| 20:00

Gustav Mahler’s famous work – revised for the 21st century by NOVOFLOT.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was an idiosyncratic pioneer of musical modernism, which broke the then widespread will to systematic homogeneity and moved in favor of contradictory musical patchworks. The Berlin opera company NOVOFLOT works similarly patchwork-like. Newly composed as well as improvised and already existing music weave together into a newly invented music-theatrical context. In the midst of a scenic, danced and cinematic environment in which Mahler’s composition would never be suspected, auditory and visual axes appear, making the famous cycle of songs not recognizable as a work of art of a bygone era, but as an organism with extremely active volcanic properties. And fierce smoke signals announce a coming eruption.

Press reactions about NOVOFLOT:

“Eliminating gravity and then being able to juggle with elements of music theater without having everything fall to the ground is a specialty of Novoflot.” (Der Tagesspiegel)

“A seduction to the genre of opera. The ingenuity lurks in all corners of the production.” (TAZ)

“Loud, disenchanted world, and yet … whitewashed with that breath of dreamy hope that makes it a laboratory where faith is possible again – even a discursive contemporary music theater.” (Opernwelt)

NOVOFLOT is a free Berlin opera company. It was founded in 2002 and since then has produced more than 25 productions. Novoflot are: Sven Holm, Vicente Larrañaga, Malte Ubenauf and Dörte Wolter. Production and venues of NOVOFLOT were among others.: Hamburg State Opera, Théâtre National du Luxembourg, Trafó in Budapest, Transmediale, Radialsystem, Sophiensaele, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Hamburger Bahnhof, Akademie der Künste, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Gare du North in Basel.

In 2014, NOVOFLOT were awarded the George Tabori Prize.
Trailer George Tabori Preis 2014
The Bibel – Interpreted by NOVOFLOT #1 Der Schrei, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / Trailer

With Antonis Anissegos, Chris Dahlgren, Tora Augestad, Ichi Go, Tara Bacia, Elisa Fluch and the Wind Orchestra Köpenick. Director: Sven Holm / Conductor: Vicente Larrañaga / Film: Mirko Borscht / Stage: Elisa Limberg / Costumes: Nina von Mechow / Dramaturgy: Malte Ubenauf / Production Manager: Dörte Wolter

Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe