7 May 2010

Amazonia and Music Theater. A Challenge
Podium discussion and composers forum

Friday, May 7, 2010, 5 pm to 7 pm

Photo: Verena Hütter
Tato Taborda, Bruce Albert and Laymert Garcia dos Santos | Photo: Verena Hütter 2010

The destruction of the jungle biosphere of the Amazon basin advances dramatically – a meeting place for gold seekers and ethnologists, environmentalists and biopirates, human rights activists and drug lords, the dispossessed river population and the masters of the gigantic soya plantations, for artists, politicians, cultural mediators, theologians and an army of scientists. At the same time, the Amazon region is also the home of many indigenous groups – such as the 33,000 Yanomami who live in the border region between Brazil and Venezuela.

In the daily destruction and appropriation of the world’s largest rain forest, a tragedy is unfolding of unparalleled complexity. But is it suitable for treatment in a dramma per musica? How can the multiple perspectives, stories and explanatory models be combined in a music theater performance? What challenges confront the composer? How should an artistic and scientific cooperation with a completely different civilization be designed? The insights of that civilization constitute a counter project to the technological-scientific culture of the West and place in question our certainties about fundamental and natural laws. What are the chances for an artistically fruitful combination of music theater and media art?

Welcoming address: Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut
Keynote speech: Danilo Santos de Miranda, President of the Servico Social do Comércio São Paulo (SESC SP)

Part 1
Podium discussion with Bruce Albert (anthropologist and expert on the Yanomami), Joachim Bernauer (project curator, Goethe-Institut), Laymert Garcia dos Santos (sociologist) and Davi Kopenawa (shaman and spokesman for the Yanomami)
Moderator: Christoph Bartmann (Goethe-Institut)

Part 2
Composers forum with Klaus Schedl, Tato Taborda and Ludger Brümmer (ZKM)
Moderator: Peter Ruzicka (Artistic Director of the Munich Biennale)

Goethe-Institut Zentrale
Dachauer Straße 122
80637 Munich

Admission free

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 11 am to 1 pm

Interdisciplinary Symposium at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts with philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, musicologist and pianist Siegfried Mauser and several artists from the Amazonas music theatre performance

Introduction: Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut

11 am to 12 am
“The Plaintive Orpheus” – A Dialogue
Siegfried Mauser in discussion with Peter Sloterdijk

12 am to 1 pm
Podium discussion with Siegfried Mauser, Michael Scheidl, director of Part I+II, Peter Sloterdijk and Peter Weibel, Director of the ZKM
Moderator: Peter Ruzicka, Artistic Director of the Munich Biennale

Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts
Max-Joseph-Platz 3
80539 Munich

Admission free