Music Theatre


Ökonomien des Handelns 1

THU 26 & FRI 27 Mar 2015, 19:30

Von der Erwartbarkeit zukünftiger Gegenwarten (2013)
Music theatre by Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl


Film still from “KREDIT”

© Daniel Kötter & Hannes Seidl

  • In German with English subtitles

Past Dates

Part II: RECHT on 26 and 27 March 2015, 21:00

Banking and credit thus become … the most potent means of driving capitalist production beyond its own limits – and one of the most effective vehicles of crisis and swindle Karl Marx

Experimental film-maker Daniel Kötter and composer Hannes Seidl have been working together since 2008, experimenting with forms of documentary storytelling in the film and music genres.

In their “KREDIT” project − Part 1 of the “Ökonomien des Handelns” (Economies of Trade) trilogy − Kötter and Seidl focus on the principles that organize trade. Trade in the present is oriented towards the future. The most distinctive, political and economically momentous example of such a system and future-oriented entrepreneurial endeavour is the financial system. This pattern crystalizes itself in an especially succinct way in the notion of credit.

For “KREDIT”, Kötter and Seidl accompanied bankers at work, but also during their leisure time and with their friends with a camera and created a film that deliberately omitted the soundtrack. In the tradition of the silent film, the soundtrack is realised live on the stage evening for evening. The precisely planned interlocking of events on the stages and the film narrative performatively charges the concert setting, turning “KREDIT” into a rare hybrid of concert, performance and film experience. Kötter and Seidl also refer to “KREDIT” as a silent film oratorio: a virtuoso noise maker, or Foley artist, has air conditioning systems buzzing, footsteps echoing and computer keyboards clattering. Two dubbing artists lend their voices to all of the film figures. And while the musicians create noise textures, credos and chorales are sung live by the choir of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Daniel Kötter / Hannes Seidl idea, direction, composition, video
Rahel Kesselring scenography, assistance
Gerda Strobl dramaturgy

Sebastian Berweck, Andrea Neumann,
Peter Sandmann
music, sound
Dunja Funke, André Schmidt speakers
Choir of the Deutsche Bundesbank
Rochus Paul conductor

Protagonists film: Susan Baumgärtner, Franziska Beuchel, Ascan Iredi, Manfred Iwan, Gabriele Jäger, Hans Stählin, Dietmar Steinert, Gabriele Trost,Sylvia Winkler, Florian Witt, Michael Zapf

Scientific advice: Rainer Durth, Michael Koetter, Johannes Priesemann, Andreas Thiele
Production management: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro.

A production by Kötter/Seidl in co-production with steirischer herbst & Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Funded by the City of Frankfurt/Main – Department for Culture and Science.
In collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer