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Performance with Philipp Hochmaier and the band Die Elektrohand Gottes (Tobias Herzz Hallbauer, Jörg Schittkowski, Alvin Weber)
By Philipp Hochmaier, based on the work of Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Performance on 13 May 2017 at 18:00h in the Panoramakino
Viennese actor Philipp Hochmair transforms the mystery play Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal into a contemporary piece. Accompanied on stage by the band Die Elektrohand Gottes and driven by guitar riffs and experimental sounds, he plays all the parts himself. Jedermann appears as a rock star, with a beer bottle in his hand, a crucifix on his bare chest, and driven by an insatiable appetite for money, power and ecstasy. Hochmair embodies the various characters in the play with great intensity: from Jedermann, to the poor man, the debtor, the mother, paramour and even death. The result is a polyphonic spoken-word concert, accompanied by driving guitar riffs and the experimental sounds of the band Die Elektrohand Gottes. This creates a sound space that leads directly into Jedermann's world: "How are you going to have lived when it comes to dying?" (Philipp Hochmair).
Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929) is one of the most import authors of German-language symbolism and Viennese Modernism. The son of a well-off middle-class Viennese family, he studied law and switched to French philology after serving as a volunteer in the military. Hofmannsthal attributed an educational and regulative significance to theater. He claimed that theater is capable of identifying a person's position within the world while creating and presenting social order.
Philipp Hochmair powerfully embodies his characters with subtleties and ambivalences. He received the 2015 Nestroy Prize for Bastian Kraft's production of Jedermann for the Young Director's Project at the Salzburg Festival. Hochmair, who studied with Klaus Maria Brandauer in Vienna and at the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique Supérieur in Paris, has been appearing regularly at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg since 2008. This is where he recently celebrated his success as Siegfried in The Ring: Siegfried/Götterdämmerung.
Die Elektrohand Gottes consists of guitarist and artist Tobias Herzz Hallbauer, bassist and electric sound artist Jörg Schittkowski, and Alvin Weber on drums.