Die Originale

An interdisciplinary festival with eight research presentations, two circus productions, concerts, an exhibition and talks

Programme SAT & SUN
Main Stage
14:00 Welcome
14:10 “Somnium” (35 min.)
Compagnie MPTA
15:00 Research 1: An investigation into the trouble of spaciousness
Suzan Boogaerdt & Bianca van der Schoot
15:30 Research 2: Meeting
Jean-Michel Guy
16:00 Research 3: Artistic collaboration as form of (political/social) resistance
Julia Wissert
16:30 Research 4: Metamorphosis
Rostislav Novák
17:00 Break
18:30 Introduction
18:40 „mobile“ (20 min.)
Jörg Müller
19:15 Research 5: Trick Questions
Squarehead Productions
19:45 Research 6: The circle
Maksim Komaro
20:15 Research 7: Le cirque pas cher
Meret Becker
20:45 Research 8: What a wicked workflow you play
Olle Strandberg

Upper Foyer
17:00 Concert
Geordie Little
17:15 Artist Talks
Moderation: Jeroen Versteele

Sa 17:15 Suzan Boogaerdt & Bianca van der Schoot & Maksim Komaro
Sa 17:45 Meret Becker & Jean-Michel Guy

So 17:15 Squarehead Productions & Julia Wissert
So 17:45 Rostislav Novák & Olle Strandberg
21:15 Concert
L.I.A (Beatbox/Rap/DJ)

The restaurant Schlesisch Blau from Kreuzberg will provide delicious catering.

Past Dates

In the research programme “Die Originale” 10 researchers and 40 artists will collaborate on an interdisciplinary artistic interaction culminating in a two-day festival on 7th and 8th April.The audience is invited to come and discover the results of the research done in the workshops on the main stage, arranged specially in circular form. There is also a chance to see the contemporary circus productions “Somnium” by Compagnie MPTA and “mobile” by Jörg Müller and interested members of the public will have the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with the researchers in audience discussions. The all-day programme is accompanied by an exhibition by the photographer Lukas Berger and concerts by L.I.A and Geordie Little.

The visitors to the festival are warmly invited to spend the entire day following their own impulses and discovering new things.



Compagnie MPTA
Conception and performance Juan Ignacio Tula, Stefan Kinsman
Artistic direction Mathurin Bolze, Séverine Chavrier
Sound design Jérôme Fèvre
Lighting design Jérémie Cusenier
Technical management Gildas Céleste

In their show ‘Somnium’, created in 2015, Juan Ignacio Tula and Stefan Kinsman bring the comparatively new discipline of the cyr wheel to the stage. The cyr wheel is their artistic apparatus: a ring of steel or aluminium inside which artists revolve, apparently light as a feather, in virtuoso dances. In “Somnium” Tula and Kinsman make the cyr wheel and its characteristic rotational movements the focus of their choreography. This harnesses the cyr wheel’s relentless circularity to mark out a territory and explore it. In a performance of repeating pirouette spins, the artists highlight the difference between their bodies while simultaneously displaying the acrobatic virtuosity they both share.


By and with Jörg Müller
Conception, direction, music, object design Jörg Müller
Lighting design Jérémie Cusenier
Created with the support of François Crevantes and Emmanuel Cury St Sauveur

Jörg Müller has spent over 20 years researching and experimenting around the concept of juggling in the course of which he has developed a form entirely his own. In “mobile” he works with five long aluminium poles suspended on a virtually invisible thread. These poles appear to hover floating in the space, circling drunkenly at some times, spinning frenetically at others, sometimes silently and sometimes emitting sound as if activated by a secret signal. While Müller’s body moves constantly through the space, the rods draw figures in the air that only last briefly. The result is a continuous dialogue between the juggler and his objects.

With kind support of

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