Beethoven Variations in Corona Times: At the centre of the evening is Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 135, together with the dancer Yui Kawaguchi. This piece has an obligatory motto for the artists: “Must it be? It must be!”.
“As unusual as the circumstances and the realization of the concert were, as great was the applause, because the 400 instead of the normally up to 1500 spectators in Dortmund literally thirsted for culture. And I felt the same way after three months of abstinence. Live music at a distance is quite different from CD or Youtube all the time.”
“The present is shown…” To mark the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, the performance ensemble Nico and the Navigators, together with the Kuss Quartet, actually wanted to develop a project entitled “Force and Freedom”, which would question the composer’s chamber music in terms of biographical references and contemporary aspects. When rehearsals had to be interrupted during the Corona crisis, the involuntary isolation resulted in a joint video diary, which brought together individual associations and previously researched material. In the live concert with the Kuss Quartet on 14 June, excerpts from it will be shown. At the centre of the evening is Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 135, together with the dancer Yui Kawaguchi. This piece has an obligatory motto for the artists: “Must it be? It must be!”. In this sense, the actual, more comprehensive concept “Force and Freedom” will be implemented at a later date.
The Kuss Quartet presented its project "Now" with dance at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Dortmund. Corona will accompany us for a long time - also artistically. There will be books, plays, performances and much more. Also concerts. The first one was presented by the Kuss String Quartet with a dancer on Sunday evening in front of almost 200 visitors at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Beethoven was often in isolation and lonely, the musicians too. Why not combine the two? During the lock- down, the musicians kept a video diary, photographed, filmed and wrote. They showed excerpts from it to Beethoven's Ninth String Quartet on the screen behind the stage. And the images of lonely people and empty streets, of pas-de-deux with a 1.50 meter distance bar, matched the music. At times, the audience also learned new things about the jubilarian Beethoven - as in the fourth movement, which began with a dance of 60 coffee beans on a table. Supposedly, the composer always brewed himself a breakfast coffee with exactly 60 beans in the morning. The staging in the first concert part of Beethoven's String Quartet op. 135 (played from memory!) was even more exciting (directed by Nicola Hümpel). On a bent bench (stage: Oliver Proske) and as a walking concert with the dancer, the Kuss Quartet presented this work. In the second movement, the bench became a seesaw, and Corona accessories such as gloves, mouth guards and spacer bars were playfully integrated into the quintet's staging. Actually, the ensemble wanted to present its interactive program "Force & Freedom" that evening at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, but that will be made up for. This evening was called "Now", and now such Corona art is also interesting.
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