For this film project on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Berliner Festspiele, approximately 1,000 hours of material from public and private archives were screened. From this, over 5 hours were restored in image and sound and assembled into eight new video works that showed news, discourse and art from 70 years.
As well as live concerts in Berlin by leading voices from the European and New York avant-garde, Jazzfest Berlin 2021 will follow musicians and artists to three other cities: Cairo, Johannesburg and São Paulo. Just like last year, thanks to our co-operation with ARTE you will have the opportunity to follow the entire festival digitally on the festival stream. You will also be able to experience selected concerts again. Our Digital Guides will complete your digital festival visit.
This year’s festival edition – 28 August to 20 September 2021 – will focus especially on Igor Stravinsky’s rarely performed late work, juxtaposing it with early and new music in unusual constellations. The interviews of our series “All Eyes on …” and the Digital Guide “Discover Igor Stravinsky” are still available.
The first digital edition of MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues has now been completed successfully. If you missed any of the live streams or would like to see or hear any highlights of the festival again, concerts, discussions and videos produced for the festival will continue to be available here for some time.
Playing with reality: in his video essay, Arne Vogelgesang looks at the history of and background to QAnon and considers the elements that have contributed to the rapid spread of this conspiracy theory.
Taylor Mac first performed at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in 2019 with the monumental show “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” and returns with the virtual vaudeville ‘Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!’, a show that features music, film, variety and a whole lot more. The show is available to view as video on demand until 2 January. To the film
In this year of social challenges and political upheavals, Jazzfest Berlin’s 57th edition counted on transatlantic dialogue and focussed on the creative centres of New York and Berlin. The concerts and video works are still available free of charge. To the videos
This year’s festival edition did not only take place on-site at the Philharmonie but also online: In a joint initiative of Musikfest Berlin / Berliner Festspiele and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall, we presented recordings of selected concerts. Exclusive conversations with featured artists as part of the series “Music in Conversation” and essays on the 2020 Musikfest Berlin are still available. To the programme
Looking at the world with new eyes, we presented five films that offered alternative perspectives on our environment in keeping with the theme of our summer project “Down to Earth” at the Gropius Bau. To the films
Until the end of July, you could experience three highlights of the 2019 and 2020 Theatertreffen in the comfort of your own home as part of 3sat’s series “Starke Stücke”: 3sat’s recordings of “Hamlet” (directed by Johan Simons, 2020 Theatertreffen), “Persona” (directed by Anna Bergmann, 2019 Theatertreffen) and “Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen” (directed by Claudia Bauer, 2019 Theatertreffen) not only present strong performances, they also illustrate how the devices of picture direction can facilitate the step from the stage to the television screen. To the films
Katja Fedulova: Kirill Serebrennikov – The Art and the Power in Russia (2018, ZDF/ARTE)
Due to recent events, we showed the documentary “Kirill Serebrennikov – The Art and the Power in Russia” by Katja Fedulova at Berliner Festspiele on Demand. This film portrait of the Russian theatre, film and opera director traces his meteoric rise to fame and uses archive material to show how he has again and again reacted to current social and political developments in Russia, until the tables finally turned and he himself attracted the attention of politicians and the judiciary. The 2018 film offers a glimpse of what has sadly become truth at the end of June 2020. To the film
This new series, featuring films as well as background-talks, is an exploration of Iran as a cinematic stronghold. It gives us an insight into Iranian culture that would be impossible to gain through our western political and journalistic discourse alone. To the programme
2 to 11 June 2020 Due to license rights this film was only available for users from Germany.
Mariano Pensotti: El Público (2020)
Only last year, Mariano Pensotti constructed a village inside the Haus der Berliner Festspiele for his work “Diamante”, a unique form of Gesamtkunstwerk. In his film “El Público”, which you could watch at home from 2 June, we follow several members of the audience from the theatre into the urban space. Through their stories and thoughts, we gain fragment-like impressions of their everyday lives and find out what they experienced during this divided evening of theatre. Who are the people who go to the theatre? To the film
“Death Mask 5” (2019) is a specially compiled mix of Ed Atkins’ works from the past decade. The British artist, whose exhibition “Old Food” was shown at Gropius Bau from September 2017 to January 2018, plumbs the corporeal depths of digital moving imagery in his video works. His unique visual language, both melancholic and absurd, confronts the viewer with intimate, arcane visions that seem caught in a purgatory of afterwards. To the film
40 Years of OEIN (Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos)
OEIN Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos celebrated its 40th anniversary on 9 May 2020. The orchestra, together with the team of the Berlin ensemble PHØNIX16, played an anniversary concert from lockdown at the Musikakademie Rheinsberg, which was streamed together with a short film about the ensemble on the day of the anniversary. Further information about the concert and the short film
“This is now America / Is there no way to turn?” In February this year, a music video was released to accompany the song “This is Now America” by A-ha co-founder Magne Furuholmen, with footage by Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller. The song is about a woman who finds her records from girlhood in the basement, which draw the picture of a free America – a stark contrast to her experience of the American present. To the film
It was a premiere of a very special kind: For the first time, the Theatertreffen was hosted online. We presented six productions from our selection of 10 as on-demand recordings for a period of 24 hours each. Live talks with artists involved in the production and the audience gave an opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas. These screenings were complemented by the TT Context-programme “UnBoxing Stages – Digital Practice in the Theatre”, where issues including the risks and opportunities of theatre on the net were explored in panel discussions and tutorials. To the programme
Our film series “Sundays for Hong Kong” continued online! The series is a sign of solidarity in view of the violent conflicts prevalent in Hong Kong since the summer of 2019. By presenting lesser known works by remarkable film makers from the famous film city of Hong Kong, it shines a light on the multi-layered backgrounds of the culture, history and reality of the former British Crown colony. To the programme
1 April 2020, 16:00 – 29 April 2020, 15:59
Rosas in the Camera’s Focus
Extraordinary film productions as a substitute for cancelled performances: We presented a recording of “Rain” (live), a 2016 production by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her company Rosas. The documentary film “Rain” by Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes from 2012, which chronicles rehearsals of the Paris Opera Ballet for the choreography of the same name, gave an insight into De Keersmaeker’s working methods. And we also brought the 1994 film adaptation of “Achterland” to you. To the programme