1. First-time ever choreographic realization of the compositions by Friedrich Nietzsche

    Not only was Friedrich Nietzsche a radical philosopher, he also was an ardent musician and composer. The latter is a rather hidden streak of the great thinker. Nietzsche's musical pieces strike you as romantic, revealing an area of high tension between themselves and the texts of the philosopher. The artist group FeinSinn gets to the bottom of these extremes in their dance and music performance "to_rsO", Elke Pichler creates a first-time choreographic realization of the compositions.

    Nietzsche's philosophy strongly influenced a large number of famous dancers such as Martha Graham, Mary Wigman, Ted Shawn or Isadora Duncan. Alexander Nantschev, the musical director of the project, asks, "Is Nietzsche able to influence the dance not only by means of his words, but also through his music?" - As it is, it holds true even for a far and maturely developed Nietzsche that his musical works, mainly composed during his younger years, already express the basic features of his nature.

    The singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau declares Nietzsche's musical talent extraordinary. - "His urge to dive into the abysses of the human spirit responds to the will of a musician to bring forth proceedings of the soul that only appear portrayable through music." - In the sketch of a letter, Nietzsche himself writes, "Maybe there has never been a philosopher basically being a musician to such an extent as myself. For that reason I might still as well be a soundly failed, wrong-gone musician."

    Many of these musical pieces are fragmentory. This is why Elke Pichler in her choreography is looking for the fragment. What remains of the music in space, after the last note of an incomplete fragment is played? Thus the piece develops into a balancing act between ecstatic acceptance of life and utter fragility.

    Cast:
    Idea and conception: Alexander Nantschev, Elke Pichler
    Choreography: Elke Pichler
    Dramatic composition: Hannah Egenolf
    Set decoration / light / costumes: Stefanie Wilhelm
    Dance: Elke Pichler, Julia Mach, Filip Szatarski
    Musicians: Alexander Nantschev (strings, e-guitar), Christo Popov (piano), Robert Siegel (bass), Michael Flatz (percussion)
    Compositions by Friedrich Nietzsche and Alexander Nantschev
    Sponsored by Stadt Wien / MA7 and Land Oberösterreich

    Thanx 4 watching !

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  2. Dance and musicperformance

    Studies substantiate which parts of the population have less a voice in society, which are seldomly or even not being listened to. These are, above all, people of different skin colour, people with sexual preferences other than those considered "normal", elderly people, foreigners, women and mothers, children and handicapped individuals. Furthermore it is shown that professions like doctors or lawyers rank highly in the social chart of values while dancers, for example, are to be found in the bottom ranks.

    The piece was inspired by the British casting show "Britain's Got Talent". In contrast to "Starmania" or "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" (Germany's Looking for the Superstar) the focus there is not exclusively orientated towards young and handsome singing talents. Each and every candidate, no matter what talent he/she claims, is admitted for the casting.
    Even older artists get their chances as proved the surprising example of a 48-year-old eccentric singer, Susan Boyle. The winner of the show is permitted to present his artistic performance to the Queen.
    The search for a protagonist of Österreich hat Talent (Austria's Got Talent) occurred within those social groups that definitely do have less a voice in society.

    Performed by Sieglinde Gerold, a group of people with particular needs, Immanuel Stürzebecher, Elke Pichler, Alexander Nantschev, Robert Siegel and Michael Flatz the piece highlights the multiple facets of the term "talent".

    Talent does not depend on, is not necessarily related to age - the performers are between 7 and 60 years of age - or social status. On the stage people with special needs present themselves as being people with special abilities.
    Each of the performers gets a live-act of about five minutes on stage. Interviews on the topic of "talent" with the involved artists are presented as videos.

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    First-time ever choreographic realization of the compositions by Friedrich Nietzsche

    Not only was Friedrich Nietzsche a radical philosopher, he also was an ardent musician and composer. The latter is a rather hidden streak of the great thinker. Nietzsche's musical pieces strike you as romantic, revealing an area of high tension between themselves and the texts of the philosopher. The artist group FeinSinn gets to the bottom of these extremes in their dance and music performance "to_rsO", Elke Pichler creates a first-time choreographic realization of the compositions.

    Nietzsche's philosophy strongly influenced a large number of famous dancers such as Martha Graham, Mary Wigman, Ted Shawn or Isadora Duncan. Alexander Nantschev, the musical director of the project, asks, "Is Nietzsche able to influence the dance not only by means of his words, but also through his music?" - As it is, it holds true even for a far and maturely developed Nietzsche that his musical works, mainly composed during his younger years, already express the basic features of his nature.

    The singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau declares Nietzsche's musical talent extraordinary. - "His urge to dive into the abysses of the human spirit responds to the will of a musician to bring forth proceedings of the soul that only appear portrayable through music." - In the sketch of a letter, Nietzsche himself writes, "Maybe there has never been a philosopher basically being a musician to such an extent as myself. For that reason I might still as well be a soundly failed, wrong-gone musician."

    Many of these musical pieces are fragmentory. This is why Elke Pichler in her choreography is looking for the fragment. What remains of the music in space, after the last note of an incomplete fragment is played? Thus the piece develops into a balancing act between ecstatic acceptance of life and utter fragility.

    Cast:
    Idea and conception: Alexander Nantschev, Elke Pichler
    Choreography: Elke Pichler
    Dramatic composition: Hannah Egenolf
    Set decoration / light / costumes: Stefanie Wilhelm
    Dance: Elke Pichler, Julia Mach, Filip Szatarski
    Musicians: Alexander Nantschev (strings, e-guitar), Christo Popov (piano), Robert Siegel (bass), Michael Flatz (percussion)
    Compositions by Friedrich Nietzsche and Alexander Nantschev
    Sponsored by Stadt Wien / MA7 and Land Oberösterreich

    Friday, 29.6.2012, Saturday, 30.6.2012 and Monday 2.7.2012. 20:30
    Expedithalle der ehemaligen Ankerbrotfabik
    Puchsbaumgasse 1C, 1100 Wien

    Saturday, 28.7.2012, 20:00
    Ostblock der Tabakfabrik Linz
    Ludlgasse 19, 4020 Linz

    18.9. - to_rsO UCCA in Beijing / China
    19.9. - to_rsO UCCA in Beijing / China
    21.9. - to_rsO Fringe Festival Hangzhou / China
    22.9. - to_rsO Fringe Festival Hangzhou / China

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  4. Some footage of FeinSinn in China 2012/13
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  5. [A]ura – WYSIWYG
    What You See Is What You Get

    A performance-gallery with open-source-choreography

    One day the internet will be as sacred as a giant ancient cathedral. And everybody will sacrifice their details to pay tribute to the digital gods.

    In the interactive performance (A)ura, the user is transformed from spectator, to creator: during the weeks before the premiere they can find a unique feature at ChoreoMixer, with which they can design and remix the choreography and contents of (A)ura, by using the browser.

    Walter Benjamin says that in modern art the aura of the work of art withers because of mechanical reproduction, and inaccessibility, due to too close a proximity to the observer.

    At the same time, a completely different aura of amazement will be created by new technologies. Every user can be a choreographer, an innovative remixer and in that way create his own virtual memorial which perhaps will follow its own unexpected ways. Closeness and distance will join crosswise in a new way.

    But what about the situation when the digital medium refuses to cooperate with the user?

    What you see is what you get.

    choreography/dance: Elke Pichler
    music/video: Alexander Nantschev
    stagedesign/costumes: Monika Biegler
    light-and screendesign: Georg Stadlmann
    programming: Stefan Lechner
    interactive technical support: Graham Thorne
    legal consulting: Clemens Lahner
    pr: Stefan Eigenthaler
    live cam: Philipp Aichinger

    Kindly supported by:

    MA7, Kosmostheater and Ars Electronica Center Linz
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