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Two Music Theatre Premieres in Dresden

In early autumn 2004 the 18th Dresden Festival of Contemporary Music presents the world premieres of two new music theatre projects by Benjamin Schweitzer: The short opera Informationen über Bartleby, commissioned by the European Centre of Arts in Hellerau, will be performed for the first time on 20 September and 1 October in a production by Rainer Holzapfel under the musical direction of Titus Engel. Structured in the form of a kind of ’time loop’, the complex and tangled network of fragments and text collages from Herman Melville’s famous novella prompted the director to make the piece the framework of the evening; among others, miniature operas by Charlotte Seither and Michael Hirsch will be heard, too.

anordnen/verschieben, Schweitzer’s first dance theatre project, was commissioned by the Sächsischer Musikrat [Saxonian Music Council] together with the Berlin choreographer Martin Nachbar and will be performed for the first time on 7 October. the concentrated abstract ’chamber dance theatre’ for three dancers and three instrumentalists is based on an improvisatory structure in which seven different musical dancing subjects can be combined in constantly new orders and overlappings.


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