24.04. 15:30 & 16:00 Uhr Point of NEW return

15:30 Uhr Point of NEW return – Once to be realised

Manos Tsangaris, Robyn Schulkowksy
Moderation: Moritz Lobeck
Language: English

Current events have given the original title “Point of NEW Return” of the 2020 Munich Biennale for New Music Theater an almost prophetic character. International composers and artists have sketched out a series of diverse and intensive approaches for what will ultimately be a dynamically adaptive edition of the festival, based on the insight and confidence that it is precisely in playful doing and creating that we find our chance to rethink and move apparently deadlocked processes. In the future, the protected play spaces necessary for such processes will also be (further) developed in cooperations between the Munich Biennale and the Dresden Contemporary Music Days.

In a first round of discussion, Manos Tsangaris (Director Munich Biennale) and artist Robyn Schulkowsky will reflect on the music theater project ONCE TO BE REALISED by Jani Christou, with a special focus on the premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s composition planned for 23.04.2021 in HELLERAU as a live stream.

Manos Tsangaris composer, drummer and installation artist, is one of the most important representatives of New Music Theater. Since the 1970s he has been exploring the conditions of performance as an essential subject of composition. In 2009 he was appointed professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, and in the same year was elected a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts, since 2017 a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, and since 2016 artistic director of the Munich Biennale for New Music Theater (together with Daniel Ott).


Robyn Schulkowsky moved to Germany during the heyday of experimental and adventurous composition and has premiered some of the most important solo percussion works of the 20th and 21st centuries here. She has collaborated with composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and Morton Feldman. Her solo and concert performances of music by John Cage, Helmuth Lachenmann and Olga Neuwirth have been presented at festivals such as The Proms, Salzburg Festival, Musikfest Berlin and Holland Festival.



16:00 Uhr  Point of NEW return – SUBNORMAL europe meets the PARANORMAL ϕeer group

Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil, Ole Hübner
Moderation: Moritz Lobeck
Language: English

In another discussion focusing on projects of the Munich Biennale, which can be experienced in the program of the Dresden Contemporary Music Days, Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil will present their project SUBNORMAL EUROPE, Ole Hübner will introduce the production “Opera, Opera, Opera! revenants and revolutions”, together they will discuss new collaborative methods and structures of artistic cooperation and production.

Óscar Escudero is a multimedia composer and performer. His focus is on exploring the gap between inherited analog concepts of “body”, “time” or “stage” and their current state as virtual Gesamtkunstwerke. His works have been commissioned and performed by ensemble mosaik, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, CrossingLines, Lluïsa Espigolé, and PHACE, among others. He has been represented at numerous international festivals and stages, such as Heidelberger Frühling, Kontakte Biennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, ZKM Karlsruhe.


Belenish Moreno-Gil is a multidisciplinary artist, performer and musicologist. She first received piano and voice lessons in her hometown of Jerez de la Frontera, and studied musicology at the University of Granada, earning an additional master’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music heritage after graduation. Her research is primarily concerned with traditional music, with a focus on gender studies and posthumanist studies.


Ole Hübner studied composition in Hanover and Cologne and applied theater studies in Giessen; since 2018 he has been teaching composition and interdisciplinary sound concepts in Giessen and elsewhere; 2020-22 he is a master student and tutor at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden. Together with Maria Huber and Jakob Boeckh (since 2020 as the paranormal ϕeer group) he develops forms of radically discursive and hierarchy-less piece genesis and co-authorship for sound/space-based performances. From 2021 he curates the Musik 21 Festival for contemporary music in Hannover and Lower Saxony.