Music Theatre


Ökonomien des Handelns 2

THU 26 & FRI 27 Mar 2015, 21:00

Music theatre by Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl (2015)


Film still from “RECHT”

© Daniel Kötter & Hannes Seidl

  • In German and English with subtitles

Past Dates

Part I: KREDIT on 26 and 27 March 2015, 19:00

“RECHT. Ökonomien des Handelns II” (LAW. Economies of Trade II) is the second music theatre piece of a three-part project series in which experimental film-maker Daniel Kötter and composer Hannes Seidl focus on the general conditions of social action. The duo has been working together since 2008, experimenting with forms of documentary storytelling in the film and music genres.

“RECHT” broaches the question of how spatial planning and borders shape the legal system. In an experimental set-up, two groups work on the creation of regulatory systems: in the film a group of six lawyers and NGO workers can be seen discussing, arguing, dancing and celebrating. They are situated on a Mosel region island in no-man’s land near the small town of Schengen in Luxemburg. Three decades after the first Schengen Agreement they ask themselves how law could secure justice at a global level. Their assignment: to create a new, transnational law that satisfies the requirements of traditional national legal practice and, at the same time, acknowledges new, global demands.

Kötter and Seidl launched this unusual “Republic of Scholars” in the late summer of 2014 and accompanied them over 24 hours with a camera and a microphone. Soloists from the Ensemble NADAR accompanied the thinkers on the island in the form of a “festive orchestra” and sonic confrontation.

Live, on stage, the group of Ensemble NADAR musicians operates – in analogy to the island − within its own system of rules spanning improvisation, screen and concert space: experimental documentary film and live concert move closer together, duplicate, accompany and comment on one another and let territorial conditions of law and music become a concrete reflexion and experience about the complex phenomenon of law in an interplay of all levels.

Daniel Kötter / Hannes Seidl idea, direction, composition, video
Rahel Kesselring artistic assistance, scenography, film, stage

Ensemble Nadar

Protagonists film: Laura Adamietz, jurist / Rudy Doom, political scientist / Yves Goemaere, musician / Eva De Groeve, islander / Felix Hanschmann, jurist / Wilma Lyon, islander / Nora Markard, jurist / Pieter Matthynssens, musician / Mattias Parent, musician / Maximilian Pichl, jurist / Wolfram Sander, messenger / Grete Seidl, islander / Fabian Steinhauer, jurist / Maarten Quanten, islander

Marcin Lenarczyk, Marcin Poplawski, Hannes Seidl sound
Karol Czyz, Daniel Kötter camera

Production management: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro

A production of Kötter/Seidl in co-production with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm / Frankfurter Positionen, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent, Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues and the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. Funded by the Culture Board Frankfurt am Main and the Flemish Government / Belgium.
In collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer