Interactive Installation – Cinema – Concert "Dreaming of Caligari" – German Expressionism in the 20s

Nuit Blanche 2023 © Dekan Štifanić, ARTE

Sat, 02/25/2023

6:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Goethe-Institut Montreal

Interactive Installation – Cinema – Concert

Saturday, Feb 25 2023 - from 6.30 PM to midnight

The Goethe-Institut is proud to participate in the 2023 edition of Nuit blanche as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and to celebrate German expressionism in the 1920s.


6.30 PM to midnight

Virtual reality installation : "Cesare's Dream - In the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

Cesares Traum - Im Kabinett des Dr. Caligari © Hanna Cieślak | Goethe-Institut Prag VR-Installation, 360° film | Duration: approx. 5 mins

The 1920 expressionist silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a complex, confusing and frightening masterpiece. The 2019 digital production Cesare's Dream - In the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari pays homage to the immersive aspects of this film using new technologies. - In this 360° film, the perspective determines one’s view of the expressionist and dreamlike scenery.

A free ticket must be reserved here for the 6:30pm to 9:00pm time slot!


Please be on time, after the beginning of the timeslot you have booked, we cannot guarantee you admission to the event.

7 to 8 PM

Concert : "Les mystères de l’accordéon" with Snežana Nešić

In collaboration with festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques
The extraordinary accordion by one of its most talented representatives. Snežana Nešić, a world-renowned composer and accordionist, stretches the theme of spirituality to new horizons!

8 - 8:30 PM and 8:30 to 9 PM

Mini German Courses

If you are curious and want to immerse yourself in the German language, take part in mini-courses for beginners (duration: 30 minutes). Let yourself be surprised and learn to interact in German in no time!
9 to 10:30 PM

Cine-concert : "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

Musical accompaniment by Silicon Beats
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari - Still © Deutsche Kinemathek The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a German expressionist and silent film by Robert Wiene released in 1920. Considered the quintessential German expressionist film, it tells the story of a mad hypnotist who uses a sleepwalker to commit murder. The film is characterized by a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp shapes, oblique and curved lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist at unusual angles, and shadows and light strokes painted directly onto the sets.

SILICON BEATS - Visual © SILICON BEATS silicon beasts

Silicon Beats is a performance and improvisation collective for electro-numeric music founded in 2016. The project consists of around 15 musicians from different backgrounds and brings together artists from the electronic scene in Montreal around performance, improvisation and exchange. In a time when machines are starting to think, Silicon Beats puts humans back at the center of machine-based creation, offering ever-changing immersive shows adapted to the environment and guided by the improvisation and chemistry of its members. Silicon Beats is committed to being close to the audience and sees itself as a vector for the popularization of electronic and digital design tools. The collective offers musical performances with its "house band", open improvisation evenings and film concerts.