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Battle of Images

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Opernhaus BonnAm Boeselagerhof 1, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, 53111 Bonn, Germany
On Sunday 22 September 2019 at 19:30
Festival: Beethovenfest Bonn

The Cologne choreographer Stephanie Thiersch has transferred a traditional game to the present day. Here tableaux vivants, a popular parlour game in Beethoven’s day, meet contemporary dance and live music. The result is a ballet noir that brazenly plunders images from our cultural history, accompanied by Bernd Alois Zimmer- mann’s ‘Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu’. Zimmermann’s collage technique ‘overpastes’ motifs from Bach to Beethoven, from Berlioz to Stockhausen, to produce an ironic pro- and retrospective game of references mimicking the action on stage. A new icono- graphy emerges, a multilayered ‘look-alike’ to Zimmermann’s virtuosic ‘sound-alike’ with an epilogue by Brigitta Muntendorf, presented by the front-rank French ensemble Les Siècles.

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