Picture: © Nihad Nino Pušija
Picture: © Nihad Nino Pušija
Contemporary music theater with classical and electronic music based on memories of the members of the Women's Orchestra Auschwitz. A cross-border dialogue between text and music, classical repertoire and new electronic composition on the question: "What does my art mean to me?"
You can't defile music. Music is untouchable, that is the wonderful thing, that is the power of music. (Anita Lasker- Wallfisch, cellist)
The wheels of the Auschwitz extermination machinery turn - accompanied by orchestral music. Making music on command, musical forced labor. Women between the ages of 16 and 40 see unimaginable horror and must play to it. The music fulfills functions: It is an expression of the power of the National Socialists, it coordinates and rhythms work, it soothes and torments, it serves to entertain and relax the SS officers. The women have to function, they play for their own lives.
The contemporary music theater of the spreeagenten is dedicated to the memories of contemporary witnesses who were members of the women's orchestra of Auschwitz. The result is a cross-border dialogue between text and music, classical repertoire and electronic new composition, between past and present, contemporary witnesses, ensemble and audience on the questions "How can one survive?" and "What does my art mean to me?"
A group of young performers and orchestral musicians together with professionals from the fields of acting and singing form the ensemble. They become the sounding body of the musicians' memories of Auschwitz and their individual personal and artistic processing beyond the end of the Second World War.
Acting: Sonja Keßner, Lena Noske | Soprano: Jasmina Toh | Young Ensemble: Lea Böhm, Marika Kiehne, Vivien Rüdiger, Charlotte Schulze, Emelie Stein, Coco Vasel
Marisa Bayer, flute | Sophie Irmer, oboe | Anne Hänisch, clarinet | Nele Wolf, bassoon | Cornelius Bernitzky, horn | Gabriela van Dijk, 1st violin | Rebecca Meisel, 1st violin | Florian Schumann, 1st violin | Luise Homann, 2nd violin | Birte Tröger, 2nd violin | Therese Wegerich, 2nd violin violin | Therese Wegerich, 2nd violin | Emeli Tröger, viola | Tobias Ronneberg, cello | Hanna Ittner, cello | Jonas Fink, bass | Sophie Oberschmidt, accordion | Leon Pester, timpani/percussion | Daniela Lunelli aka Munsha, live electronics
concept, text, direction: Susanne Chrudina
Composition, musical direction: Daniela Lunelli aka Munsha
Orchestra direction: Till Schwabenbauer
stage / costume: Stefan Oppenländer
dramaturgy: Sabine Salzmann
Production management: Chris Wohlrab
Assistant director: Lena Noske
Musicological assistance, conducting: Gabriela van Dijk
Pedagogical support: Jördis Gierig, Matthias Weißschuh
Video: Branka Pavlović
Graphics: Ulrich Kochinke
Sound engineering: Utku Tavil
Make-up / Costume assistance: Nataša Trifunać
Technical assistance: Abbas Khambati