WE’LL TAKE THE LIBERTY #1 – #3
Dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven – by Novoflot
#2 ∞ ma non troppo
Berlin premiere 1 and 2 July 2021, 4 – 8 PM (Free entrance)
in front of Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 101, 10117 Berlin
World premiere 12 October 2020, In front of the Kölner Philharmonie
#3 The 10th Symphony
Berlin premiere 1 and 2 July 2021, 8 PM
Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 101, 10117 Berlin
World premiere 14 October 2020, Kölner Philharmonie
Premiere 14 March 2020, Large exhibition hall at the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Hanseatenweg
For the second time, the premiere of “We are so free # 1 Fidelio” had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
WE’LL TAKE THE LIBERTY #1 – #3
Between opera and piano concert, music-theatrical exhibition and symphony, philharmonic exploration of space and newly composed music, Novoflot’s new trilogy is being created. A wide variety of instrumental ensembles, singers and performers will consistently think about further aspects of Ludwig van Beethoven’s idiosyncratic compositional practice and explore them scenically in extreme spatial arrangements. Beethoven’s curiosity about the contradictory serves as a decisive driving force here! We are so free #1 – #3 is a contemplation of 250 years of the most violent impact of a singular musical œuvre on contemporary art and the present of art.
In the first part of the new trilogy, Novoflot makes Beethoven’s Fidelio sound like an echo of a liberty opera. In an exhibition performance for trumpet, sound installation, keys and voices, the achievements of the French Revolution appear as long forgotten attributes in the midst of a stele field of acoustic sources and artefacts.
The trumpet signal, once the salutary musicalized message of the supposed happy end, is the cornerstone of an experimental arrangement for the trumpeter Damir Bacikin, who, together with an ensemble of performers in the white cube, explores the utopian potential of opera as well as Beethoven’s musical-dramaturgical process of discovery. In the process, the opera’s protagonists sound as voices from the beyond, which the composer and pianist Antonis Anissegos transforms into a kaleidoscope of sound, original music and new composition.
Variable duration, free access.
We’ll take the liberty #1 Fidelio in co-production with Akademie der Künste Berlin by Labor Beethoven 2020 – Festival of contemporary music Musik for the Beethoven anniversary
With: Antonis Anissegos (Keyboards und composition), Damir Bacikin (Trumpet), Konstantin Bez, Maxime Barbasetti, Almut Kühne, Vicente Larrañaga, Rene Shadler (Performers)
Rebecca von Lipinski, Narine Yeghiyan, Florian Hoffmann, Antony Shelley (voices from the beyond/sound installation)
#2 ∞ Ma non troppo
Between the cathedral of Cologne and the Museum Ludwig, the roar of the railway tracks and the flow of people in everyday life, a piano concerto in the public space will be created above the underground Philharmonic Hall, on the forecourt of the Concert Hall. Patrik Baboumian, the strongest man in Germany, and the dancer Rafal Dziemidok, as Beethoven’s proxy and flashback, reflect their own work and recreate the composition cycle for the two pianists Antonis Anissegos and Joseph Houston into a fragmented ride through Beethoven’s piano works. Two walk-in cubes are loopholes for the audience, who are granted individual, exclusive and temporary access during the four-hour performance (corona-compliant).
With: Antonis Anissegos (Piano), Joseph Houston (Piano) as well as Patrik Baboumian, Maxime Barbasetti, Rafal Dziemidok, Renae Shadler and Hayden Chisholm (Performance)
Berlin premiere: 1 and 2 July 2021, 4-8 PM (entrance free)
in front of the Tränenpalast, Friedrichstraße 140, 10117 Berlin
World premiere: 12 October 2020, 4-8 PM
follow performances: 13 and 14 October 2020, 4-8 PM
In front of the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonic Hall)
#3 The 10th Symphony – by Novoflot, L. v. Beethoven and Michael Wertmüller
The 10th Symphony conceives Novoflot as a musical theater for the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, spanning a musical arc from Beethoven’s late string quartets to excerpts from op. 125, fragments of the 10th Symphony and world premiere compositions by Michael Wertmüller. In a tour of the foyers, floors and hall of the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Berlin Opera Company develops a scenic walk through the stage that resembles an exploration of the open structures of a work not yet completed. The 10th symphony is based on a libretto by the Berlin author Gesine Danckwart.
With: Eva Resch (Soprano), Aki Hashimoto (Soprano), Christina Daletska (Mezzosoprano), Patrik Baboumian (Performer), Maxime Barbasetti (Performer), Mirko Borscht (Video Performer), Rafal Dziemidok (Dancer), Renae Shadler (Dancer) / Sonar Quartet, Ensemble of Nomads, Johnny La Marama, Hayden Chisholm (Saxophon) and many more
Berlin premiere: 1 and 2 July 2021, 8:00 PM
Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 140, 10117 Berlin
World premiere: 14 October 2020, 8:00 PM, Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonic Hall)
A project within the framework of BTHVN2020. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.