Thomas Cornelius Desi, Peter Koger (AT)


A music theatre with audience action


As a music theatre experiment, KUNSTSCHNEE is both an invitation and a call for active participation by the audience. What kind of world do we want? Conceived and designed by Thomas Cornelius Desi, it is laid out over four years as a pillar of the in-house productions of the MUSIKTHEATERTAGE WIEN 2022-2025. The four-part "COLLAPSOLOGY" is based on the four elements as coined by the Greek philosopher Empedocles, who also appears scenically. Water in its solid state becomes an aesthetic idea.

Taking the climate crisis as an example par excellence of a collapsing system, KUNSTSCHNEE becomes the occasion for a discursive reading by the audience itself: The audience becomes participants with their own interpretations of given text fragments about collapsology. This results in a sound band of language and voices, of theme, of presence. Strictly speaking, there is no audience, no spectators, there is also no valid performance in the narrower sense, everything is rehearsal and preparation - or everything is also "performance" at the same time. Following Friedrich Hölderlin's dramatic sketch, the philosopher Empedocles plunges into the volcano Etna to unite with nature. All those present are also active choreographically in "Snow Games", accompanied by a Japanese soprano.

In "KUNSTSCHNEE", at the same time as the analogue performance, it is also possible to immerse oneself in a separate online version on the desktop with an internet connection, which interacts with the live performance.

Concept, artistic direction and music: Thomas Cornelius Desi With: Vinicius Cajado (double bass), Samaan Gholami (soprano), Kenji Herbert (electric guitar), Lisa Hofmaninger (bass clarinet), Elisabeth Kelvin (bass clarinet), Philipp Kienberger (double bass), Roman Maria Müller (pantomime), Manami Okazaki (soprano)  Light, video, web application: Peter Koger Objects: Laurenz Steixner, Markus Rupprecht Translation of Hölderlin into Persian: Farhad Ahmadkhan Production assistance: Natasha Sulz Production: Music Theatre Days Vienna Supported by: Mediaopera


Photos: Barbara Pálffy