steirischer herbst 2015 opens with an installation-based concert performance. Composer Johannes Maria Staud and poet Josef Winkler venture a contemporary music theatre experiment together with Ensemble Modern.
The opening night of steirischer herbst does not end with the final applause for “Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen” but with the last notes of the subsequent opening party.
In “7 Pleasures” by the Danish choreographer and dancer Mette Ingvartsen the audience can experience at first hand how notions of nudity and sexuality have changed over time.
Two people are sitting at a table, following stage directions through headphones. That’s all – no actors, no costumes, no dramatic changes of light. “Etiquette” invites two visitors at a time to act an unknown play, just for each other.
Rimini Protokoll picks up the thread of Adolf Hitler’s inflammatory pamphlet, trying to discover the reason for the mythical aura surrounding “Mein Kampf”.
The performance collective Nature Theater of Oklahoma has switched to film for the three new episodes of their long-term genre-bending project “Life and Times”.
Researcher of the Mediterranean, Ludwig Salvator was a traveller all his life. A homage with contributions from the domain of sound, art and science sets out to do justice to this free thinker.
The film “The Sound of Music” is a source of inspiration for the Styrian-international artist formation The Loose Collective to reflect on national identity and belonging.
The Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with tape-recorded music and sound transducers with pure music on the Schloßberg.
In his latest piece, internationally renowned Argentinian author and director Mariano Pensotti combines stories about people caught up in their past.
The best of two worlds – Austrian guitarist and electronic musician Christian Fennesz transfers his music to the RSO, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Petra Ackermann, Philipp Meier & Jorge Sánchez-Chiong present premieres of three composers with Latin American roots, who have for some time provided important impetus in the local music scene.
The pianist and his black instrument act and function as an “ideal black body”: this is the basis of the concept for “Radiazione di corpo nero”. The composition thus lives in between music and quantum physics.
Pure curiosity is the trademark of the Freiburg-based ensemble recherche. It bills with a sextet of British grand seigneur Brian Ferneyhough and three premiere pieces.
Ulrich Troyer’s “cinema for listening” is based on the big effect of little unsettling moments – he likes to disturb the equilibrium of his listeners without actually putting them off balance.
French theatre-maker Joris Lacoste translates language playfully and humorously into music to put a different perspective on our everyday communication.
With a mischievous lecture performance, the Icelandic Kriðpleir Theatre Group reveals astonishing insights into the control mechanisms of the human brain.
Belgian Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the most influential choreographers of our time. Brian Eno and William Shakespeare have now inspired her to explore the phenomenon of transience.
Investigations of the traces of cultural and economical exchange between China and Africa, in which Europe long ago ceased to be actively involved.
The focus of Hildur Guðnadóttir’s music is on the unusual instrument Ómar, with clarinettists Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke experimenting with microtonal structures.
The video documentary “herbst remixed” accompanies the steirischer herbst festival, recording everything that happens. It documents what takes place, remixes what people see, focuses on what goes unobserved, and creates new links.
This year again, five authors and artists will keep a net diary for steirischer herbst. They note, sketch, photograph. They formulate passing thoughts – topical today and perhaps stale tomorrow.
The artist collective Fourdummies is collecting and safeguarding visions of the future together with residents and festival visitors in Graz, Leoben and Vordernberg. These visions will be turned into a joint visual prophecy in the Double Moment experiment, to await the moment of rediscovery in a time capsule buried in the ground for twenty years.
copy & waste puts up a concept store in the middle of Graz. The aim is not only to spotlight the topic of gentrification, but also to allow time travel so as to shape the city of tomorrow.
The Modezirkus of steirischer herbst moves on. At the Porubsky Halle Leoben you can get rid of old wardrobe clutter, dresses, shirts, and trousers and take new fashion treasures home with you in return.
As an accompaniment to the festival, the herbst magazine is being published this year for the tenth time. Through the numerous essays, reports or series of pictures, “herbst. Theorie zur Praxis” becomes a festival project in its own right.