if this then that and now what

Commissioned by The City of Munich for the Munich Biennale; financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
A co-production of the Munich Biennale and Staatstheater Mainz 

composition/direction/stage design: Simon Steen-Andersen; dramaturge: Ina Karr;

»if this then that and now what« is a music theater piece for sixteen musicians and four actors that moves between theater, a lecture performance, concert, light show, and installation. Or better said: Instead of an »in-between« this evening will attempt to be everything simultaneously. Because in his works Simon Steen-Andersen combines musical and acoustic material with visual elements. The results are compositions where images, movements, and gestures take on a role that is as equally important as the music, and relate to one another in polyphonic complexity. Performing the music is itself part of the compositional thinking. Thus, for example, musical structure is created from the choreographically composed movements of the musicians. In addition, Steen-Andersen will develop several sound objects for this piece; they are fascinating in that they have precisely this combination of visuals and acoustics.

»I see the project as a translation of my main interests from the last three to four years in a large scenic format, where I will explore the connection between sound and vision.« (Simon Steen-Andersen)

Simon Steen-Andersen composition

Born in 1976 in Odder, Denmark. Studied music (composition) starting in 1998 in Århus under Karl Aage Rasmussen; in 2001/2002 under Mathias Spahlinger in Freiburg; in 2003/2004 under Gabriel Valverde in Buenos Aires; and from 2004-2006 under Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen in Copenhagen. Numerous awards and grants, including, among others, from the Danish Art Foundation; the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation; and the Darmstädter Ferienkursen (Kranichstein Music Prize 2008). Diverse residencies as a guest artist. Compositions commissioned by, among others, ensemble recherche for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007; Ensemble Modern; Radio-Kammerphilharmonie Hilversum; and Sinfonieorchester Shanghai. His works have been performed by ensembles such as ICTUS; Collegium Novum Zürich; and the Silesian String Quartet.

He has been teaching composition since 2008 at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus; publications in magazines such as kunstMUSIK; Dansk Musik Tidsskrift; and Parergon (Norway). Co-publisher of the Danish magazine of modern art music »AUTOGRAF.org.« The creative work of Simon Steen-Andersen includes compositions for soloists, ensembles, and orchestras, sometimes with unusual additional instruments, devices, and different electro-acoustic deployments, and also audiovisual installations. Frequently the music is given an additional theatrical dimension by the performers' actions.

Cast & credits

composition/direction/stage design: Simon Steen-Andersen

dramaturge: Ina Karr

Translation Libretto: Peter Urban-Halle

performer: Rüdiger Hauffe, N.N.

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz

Commissioned by The City of Munich for the Munich Biennale; financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

A co-production of the Munich Biennale and Staatstheater Mainz

further performances: Staatstheater Mainz, Kleines Haus | 23.6.2016 / 30.6.2016, respectivly 19.30 Uhr

Ernst von Siemens Stiftung Staatstheater Mainz

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