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Program

28 April - 18:00 h (Local Time)
Panoramakino

Photo: Sebastian Bisch

MAN IN HIS DELUDED STATE: SCHILLER BALLADS

Performance by Philipp Hochmair & Die Elektrohand Gottes

Content
"Most terrible the terror of man in his deluded state"  (from 'The Song of the Bell' by Friedrich von Schiller)

After presenting Goethe's Werther and Everyman Reloaded, based on the play by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Philipp Hochmair and Die Elektrohand Gottes have now reworked another classic into an artistically excessive evening. The programme unites Schiller's ballads and a "basic intellectual element" (Hochmair) passed down over generations, with short films, lyrical stories, electro-rock, and an excessive stage performance. Hochmair views Schiller's Bell not only as an important piece of literature, but also as "… an incredible trip. My main goal is to recreate this feeling of ecstasy." By combining classic poems and ballads with electro-rock and excessive performance, Philipp Hochmair and Die Elektrohand Gottes dust off quite a few literary gems. Schiller revisited.

Author
The works of Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) are characterized by eloquent and catchy verses and pithy dialogues. Even during his lifetime, Schiller was hailed as Germany's Shakespeare. Ever since, he has been a firm part of the German and international educational canon. Schiller's ballads are some of the most artistic verses ever written in German. They illustrate the possibilities of human activity and are designed to demonstrate the variety of the German language. Thanks to their dramaturgic brilliance and clarity, Schiller's epic lyrical texts captivate audiences to this day.

Actor
Philipp Hochmair embodies his characters with high energy, finesse, and ambivalence. He received the 2015 NESTROY Prize for Bastian Kraft's production of Everyman. Hochmair, who studied under Klaus Maria Brandauer in Vienna and at the Conservatoire National Supérieuer d'Art Dramatique in Paris, has performed on stages including the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Berlin Volksbühne and the Thalia Theater in Hamburg – where he most recently celebrated success as Siegfried in The Ring: Siegfried/Twilight of the Gods. He has also appeared in many cinema and TV films, most recently in the ORF/ARD series Vorstadtweiber and the cinema film Tomcat, which was named best film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. Hochmair read from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina at the Movimentos Festival in 2016 and performed Everyman Reloaded last year.

Die Elektrohand Gottes band members are guitarist and artist Tobias Herzz Hallbauer, bassist and electronic sound artist Jörg Schittkowski, and drummer Alvin Weber.