Down-to-earth Movers and Shakers - Recorded and Remixed / Episode 04
- Series: Recorded and Remixed
Nowadays, stage music is much more than a mere background to the theatrical action. The focus has shifted, the music gets more and more attention, being a production on its own. Does this change lead to new forms of staging? And if that was the case: will the perception of music change? Does it come across as artificial, mannered, or fresh and authentic? Will there be another, a new quality achieved by this theatrical exaggeration? We have a look on three current approaches regarding theatre stage and music.
introduction: 2010LAB editorial staff
Text: Jens Mayer , Peter Hesse and Jörg Stiepermann
Thomas Wördehoff and the Ruhrtriennale with Iggy Pop (Duisburg)
Three hours to go until the start. The doors have just been opened for the audience, and the first people walk onto the premises of the cast house in the Landschaftspark Duisburg. Tonight, Iggy Pop will deliver a very special performance here: for the series „Century Of Song“, the godfather of Punk has even studied German songs together with the songstress Tine Kindermann (who hails from Berlin), and they will present the result to the critical ears of the listeners. The programme comprises poems written during late romanticism, material written by Iggy Pop, The Stooges, Tine Kindermann, and even Lale Andersen’s evergreen „Lili Marleen“, arranged by Marc Ribot. We meet Thomas Wördehoff, ex-scenario editor of the Ruhrtriennale and founder of the „Century Of Song“ series meant to honour the “popular song”. Wördehoff has already managed to lure artists such as Suzanne Vega, David Byrne and Ron Sexsmith to the Ruhr area.
We meet Thomas Wördehoff, ex-scenario editor of the Ruhrtriennale and founder of the „Century Of Song“ series meant to honour the “popular song”. Wördehoff has already managed to lure artists such as Suzanne Vega, David Byrne and Ron Sexsmith to the Ruhr area.
Local critics accuse the Ruhrtriennale of being a subsidised flagship project, far away from the Ruhr area reality. But Wördehoff takes that kind of flak calm and confident: witthout well-aimed promotion and sponsoring, a festival on this level wouldn’t be possible. Is this narrow-minded, “local” thinking in the way of innovation and progress?
Hajo Sommers and the Ebertbad Oberhausen
We’re on the training ground of the minor league football team Rot-Weiß Oberhausen which is long overdue for a modernisation, as Hajo Sommers, the club’s president, tells us. Many people don’t know that Sommers’ job as the club’s director is just an honorary one – his main one is being at the helm of the Ebertbad, a cabaret, and that also includes ushering the audience to their seats at showtime evenings. The Ebertbad is a totally unsubsidised private theatre and has to turn every cent twice – you need patience and and a lot of ideas to get the people into the shows.
Karsten Riedel Karsten Riedel in the Bochum theatre (Schauspielhaus Bochum)
„„This is my living room“, says Karsten Riedel, showing us the premises. Everybody knows him, as we can take from all the friendly since the moment he has entered the theatre – from technician to PR man, everybody likes the musician who has landed here accidentally some time ago, but nevertheless enjoys his special position very much. The Frits, Natty U, Short, District, Alpha Boy School – those were the bands this local boy (he hails from Wattenscheid, a down-to-earth district of Bochum) played in before Matthias Hartmann, the theatre’s director, hired him 2002 in the course of the Ruhrtriennale. Since then, Riedel has been active as composer and musician for many plays, among them „1979“, „Woyzeck“, as well as the very popular „A Tribute to Johnny Cash“ and „A Tribute to Quentin Tarantino“ evening shows.
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