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Retrospect

15 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)
KraftWerk

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

FAST EIN HAMLET MEIN MEPHISTO (Almost a Hamlet my Mephisto)
EIN ÖDIPUS FÜR JEDERMANN (An Oedipus for everyone)
Zeus, Europe and their descendants

A literary-musical excursion into freedom with Klaus Maria Brandauer and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg

Musical reading on 15 May 2017 at 20:00h in the KraftWerk


THE STORY
In a series of texts, songs, hymns and declarations, actor Klaus Maria Brandauer and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg explore the rise to freedom with all its hopes, struggles, victories and defeats. The angry pamphlets against tyranny stand next to manifestos of disobedience, disorder and cheerful anarchy. "Freedom is always fragile," says Klaus Maria Brandauer. "To the extent I call for freedom and the desire for it grows inside me, its limitations become increasingly apparent. And although we strive to see Prometheus freed from the chains, we are surrounded by the boundaries set by society: digital technologies, an obsession with security and complete control. These are our new shackles – but where are our new freedom songs?"

 

THE ARTISTS
He is one of the few German-speaking actors to gain worldwide recognition. On stage or on screen, Klaus Maria Brandauer has delighted critics and audiences for decades. Brandauer became world famous in 1981 with the Oscar-winning Klaus Mann film Mephisto. He appeared in international blockbusters including Out of Africa, the James Bond film Never Say Never Again and Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro. Brandauer's presence on stage is also inimitable. He joined the Burgtheater Vienna in 1972, and within a few years, he was one of the most sought-after actors in German theater. His leading roles include Everyman at the Salzburg Festival and Hamlet in Vienna. A highly productive collaboration with director Peter Stein began in 2007 with the staging of Wallenstein and Heinrich von Kleist's The Broken Jug at the Berliner Ensemble, and currently King Lear at the Burgtheater Vienna. Brandauer continues to perform alone on stage in pieces ranging from Hamlet and Brecht's Threepenny Opera, to Wagner's Lohengrin and the film Mario and the Magician. Since 2008, Klaus Maria Brandauer has been one of the most impressive regular guests at the Movimentos Festival. In 2013, in another collaboration with Peter Stein, he took the stage in Samuel Beckett's one-man play, Krapp's Last Tape. In 2015, he read from Herman Melville's Moby Dick.

Recognized around the world as a German cultural envoy, the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg (DFOB) is distinguished by its stylistic variety and high quality. As the UFA  Symphony Orchestra, the DEFA Symphony Orchestra, or a new entity under its current name, the history of the DFOB is closely related to the German film and media center in Babelsberg. The orchestra has played more than 220 film and television scores along with recordings featuring international artists ranging from José Carreras to Rammstein. In live performances, the orchestra has played the original soundtracks for silent film classics including Metropolis and Modern Times. It also performs classical concerts and is involved in crossover projects.