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das mollsche gesetz with
Matthias Scheuring (narrator), Luis Negron & Juan Orozco (video-art)

 

   
   

 

"Das Sklavenschiff" by Heinrich Heine is a text that undulates magnificently
between grim humor, satire and a merciless social critique and criticism of
capitalism. It nevertheless contains extremely soft, lyrical imagery and numerous burlesque scenes. The epic poem form provides a structure of its own, which is interwoven and held in check by the “mollsche” music.

 

Parts of the music are composed (by Moll, Schubert, Schumann, Skempton,
but improvisation repeatedly opens windows into the unforeseeable.
The structure provided by das mollsche gesetz serves to keep
the overarching dramaturgy intact.

 

The video artist’s work can be witnessed in its development live on
stage and occupies itself with rediscovering myth and aspects of magic
in creating images from light and shadow. The technology used for this
is a prototype of a Laterna Magica, which not only incorporates analog
(foils, drawings...), but also digital imagery. This method gives
the video work a handmade touch and an aura-like effect
often missing in modern digital productions.

 

 

Heines Sklavenschiff was commissioned 2006 by the Heine-Schumann-Jahr
and premiered in the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and showed again
2007 in Paris and Amsterdam and 2008 in Trier.

   
                   
     

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