Immersion Programme 2019

Immersion

Press release from 06 March 2019

Berliner Festspiele is continuing its programme series Immersion 2019 by examining border-dissolving processes. Following the symbolic re-erection of the “Palast der Republik” and a trip to the “Uncanny Valley”, “The New Infinity” will continue with new art for planetariums this summer. In autumn, Taylor Mac's monumental show “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” will celebrate its European premiere in the unabridged version at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, before Mariano Pensotti builds a walk-in village for his play “Diamante”.

Since 2016, the Berliner Festspiele have been presenting art works in its programme series Immersion that are often located in border areas – between theatre and exhibition space, urban space and virtual reality, between different arts and formats. Starting from the “Palast der Republik”, which opens a space of possibilities amidst art, discourse and parliament, Immersion will shape the year 2019 with artists and formats that weigh in and create situations differently to build new social environments or even new models of society.

A symbolic reconstruction of the “Palast der Republik” will be held at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele from 8 to 10 March 2019. Combined with a critical reflection on the ambivalent significance of the original Palace of the Republic, a “Palace of Counter-Tales” will take shape, in which the events of the turn and post-turn years are reexamined in discourse events, performances, music and film. The programme is available online.

Paralell to the “Palast der Republik”, the guest performances of “Uncanny Valley” will be presented at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele from 8 to 17 March. For this play, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) created an animatronic double of the writer Thomas Melle – a deceptively real robot on stage instead of the author.

In summer 2019, the programme series “The New Infinity” will enter its second round and bring new art to planetariums. In doing so, it is continuing its collaboration with the Planetarium Hamburg. Until 2020, visual artists, sound artists, filmmakers and game developers are invited to work on new art productions for the Kuppelraum. As part of “Wunderbar Together”, the Germany Year in the USA, realized by the Goethe-Institut, the works of “The New Infinity” will tour three cities in the USA in summer 2019. In addition to the works from 2018, a new work by Agnieszka Polska will be presented. Subsequently, in September 2019, the new edition of “The New Infinity” will again take place at Mariannenplatz in the Mobile Dome, among others with the international artists’ collective Metahaven.

From 10 to 20 October, a different kind of history lesson can be experienced at the Festspielhaus: Taylor Mac's monumental show “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” takes us through 240 years of history in 240 pop songs to tell an alternative story of the USA. The award-winning work of the American playwright, performer and producer, which celebrates its European premiere in the unabridged version at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, takes on the struggle against oppression, conformism, racism and patriarchal conditions. The 24-hour work can be experienced over four evenings, with around 100 performers developing a dazzling, opulent revue in which all those have their say whose voices do not echo in the history books. The large-scale orchestrated production from New York is completed by Berlin musicians, special guests and a group of “Dandy Minions”: performers of all kinds from the city's most diverse milieus.

For his play “Diamante”, Mariano Pensotti will erect a village at the Festspielhaus from 16 to 24 November in which guests can move individually from one place to the next, observing the lives of the inhabitants and compiling their own stories. The workers’ settlement Diamante is some kind of Jungle Silicon Valley. In Pensotti's six-hour production, the visitors together with the residents experience how the city changes in the course of a year – from a flourishing social-capitalist utopia into a horror scenario.

Immersion Programme 2019


Palast der Republik
8 to 10 March 2019
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Tickets available online.

Uncanny Valley
Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) & Thomas Melle
8 to 17 March 2019
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Tickets available online.

The New Infinity
New art for planetariums
Summer and autumn 2019

The New Infinity on Tour
28–30 June: Wisdome Immersive Art Park, Los Angeles, California
12–14 July: Sudekum Planetarium, Nashville, Tennessee
25–27 July: Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, Kansas City, Missouri

The project “The New Infinity on Tour” is part of the initiative “Germany Year USA 2018/19”, which is sponsored by the German Foreign Office (AA), realized by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

The New Infinity 2019
September 2019, Mariannenplatz Berlin
With Agnieszka Polska, Metahaven, and others.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Taylor Mac
10 to 20 October 2019
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Advance booking starts May 2019

Diamante
Mariano Pensotti / Grupo Marea
16 to 24 November 2019
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Advance booking starts May 2019

A premiere of the Ruhrtriennale 2018. The performances in Berlin are a co-production of Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Wiener Festwochen and the Grand Theatre Groningen.

The programme Immersion was made possible by an initiative of the German Federal Parliament and thanks to the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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