Mnemo/scene: Echos

Commissioned by The City of Munich for the Munich Biennale; financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
A production of the Munich Biennale
with the support of Pro Helvetia, swiss arts council, Goethe-Institute and the Instituto Cervantes München

composition, concept: Stephanie Haensler; text: Ariel Farace; concept, direction: Pauline Beaulieu; stage design, video: Yvonne Leinfelder;

»Mnemo/scene: Echos« is a sound space of memories. The director Pauline Beaulieu and the composer Stephanie Haensler form, in a multi-level manner, individual experiences of ›remembering‹. An encounter and contact with music, installation, and production develops in tangible and imaginary spaces. Through the disassembly or exaggeration of musical material and the projection of this onto other media in collaboration with the visual artist Yvonne Leinfelder and the author Ariel Farace, terms such as ›reverberation‹, ›presentiment‹, or ›déjà-vu‹ appear. An invitation to a metaphorical and physical wandering through a vocal labyrinth on the search for the original.

Pauline Beaulieu director


Pauline Beaulieu, born in 1981 in France, studied political science, theater studies, and acting; she moved to Berlin in 2005. From 2007 to 2011 she studied directing at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art (thesis production: »The Trojan Women«, based on the play by Euripides; mentor: Luk Perceval). Between 2007 and 2012 she published a theater essay, four theater pieces, and a novel (publishing house Séguier). Since 2012 she has been working freelance and developing diversified forms of theater, performances, installations, choreography, and music. Her works have been performed at, among others, Sophiensaele and Uferstudios in Berlin; Théâtre de l'Epée de Bois in Paris; Staatstheater Halle; Grenzenlos Kulturfestival in Mainz; and the Festival Primeurs of the Saarländisches Staatstheater. In 2016 she adapted and directed »The House of Sleep« by Jonathan Coe at Theaterhaus Jena, and the performative music theater installation »Mnemo/scene: Echos« for the Munich Biennale.



Ariel Farace text

The dramaturge, author, and director Ariel Farace is a co-founder of the artist collective »Compañía Vilma Diamante«. His works have been performed in Argentina; Mexico; Brazil; Uruguay; Germany, and Spain. In 2008 he directed Anja Hilling's piece »Nostalgia 2175« in Buenos Aires. Farace has received numerous awards for his works, including the Premio Fondo Nacional de las Artes and Premio Armando Discépolo.

Stephanie Haensler composition

Born in 1986, she studied violin at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) under Robert Zimansky, and Baroque violin under Monika Baer, and composition under Isabelle Mundry. One of her main interests is the dialogue between old and new music. She has composed commissioned pieces for, among others, the Swiss Chamber Music Festival; Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg; Kammersolisten Zug; and Forum Alte Musik Zürich. She has received several awards for her compositions. As a Baroque violinist she performs with Ensemble Picaro, among others. She is a lecturer in violin, composition, and music theory.

Yvonne Leinfelder video

Born in 1972 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, she trained as a stone sculptor and studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste München under James Reineking and Stephan Huber. In 2007 she received a new media project grant from the City of Munich. In 2006 she was awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize from EON Bayern AG, and in 2007 the sponsorship award from the City of Konstanz. She has been an art assistant at the Technical University of Munich since 2010 (architecture faculty, chair of visual arts).

Cast & credits

composition, concept: Stephanie Haensler

text: Ariel Farace

concept, direction: Pauline Beaulieu

choreography: Katrin Schafitel

stage design, video: Yvonne Leinfelder

costumes: Carolin Schogs

sound technic/sound design: Knut Jürgens

performer: Katrin Schafitel, Ilona Grandke, Sylvana Krappatsch

musicians: Odilo Zapf, trombone/ Fabian Reinhard, horn/ Stefan Schneider, clarinet/ Anna Gebhard, piano/ Cristobal Gajardo, percussion/ Judith Krins, violin/ Andreas Schmalhofer, violoncello/ Dominik Luderschmid, contrabass

musical director: Johannes X. Schachtner

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

A production of the Munich Biennale

with the support of Pro Helvetia, swiss arts council, the Goethe-Institute and the Instituto Cervantes Munich

language: German

Ernst von Siemens Stiftung Pro helvetia goethe Insituto Cervantes

duration: 85 minutes


Carolin Marietta Schogs costumes

Carolin Marietta Schogs, born in Bonn, Germany in 1985 is a costume designer and artist, based in Berlin.

She studied costume design in Hamburg and Berlin. After graduating she began a professional career as a freelance costume designer, working at theatres including Theater Freiburg, Theater Magdeburg, Nationaltheater Weimar, 13th Münchner Biennale für Neues Musiktheater and Ballhaus Ost and Theaterdiscounter, both in Berlin. She continually works in close collaboration with Berlin-based director Brit Bartkowiak. Together they worked at, among others, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Nationaltheater Mainz, Deutsches Theater Göttingen and Stadttheater Ingolstadt.

Carolin Schogs creates performances and video installations focussing on the influence of society on the human body.

Knut Jürgens sound design

Born in Berlin, he quickly developed a love of music through mandolin and guitar lessons, and he played in various bands and worked as a deejay. After training to be a technical assistant in electronics and data technology and taking classical voice training, he worked from 2000 - 2005 as a sound technician at Bikini Studios. He has been managing his own music studio, Phinemusic Studio in Berlin, for composition, production, recording, editing, sound design, and film music since 2005. Productions he worked on include, among others, Rodakis (2008) by Olaf Nicolai, Berlinale - Forum Expanded; Starbulls: Der Film (2010); and Rembetiko Road (2014) by Marc Ottiker, Achtung Berlin Festival.

Since 2008 he has been composing for and performing in productions by Pauline Beaulieu in Paris; Berlin; and at Theaterhaus Jena in 2016.

Katrin Schafitel Performer

Since 1999, Katrin Schafitel works as a freelance dancer and dance teacher. She collaborated with different choreographers and directors, with which she could be seen at national and international festivals. In 2012, she won the Critics Prize with the duet "Boléro Bolero" at the Festival of Miniatures Choreographic in Belgrade, together with Katja Wachter. In 2013, she got awarded the work and training grant from the city of Munich to develop her own choreographic works.

Katrin Schafitel is interested in interfaces to dance, music and speech. Developing Compositions, where the resulting elements of sound, music and dance both face and question each other: Who or what is sound-body, music-body, dancing-body, resonance-body, instrument?

Ilona Grandke Performer

Already as a student and having just turned 19 years old, she played the role of Mascha in Tolstoy's "The Living Corpse" at Theater Potsdam. Further stations in her career were Bautzen and Dessau, and then she was hired by Volksbühne Berlin. Between 1970 - 1980 there followed many roles on television, and she traveled across the country with her songs, guitar, and writers from the satirical magazine "Eulenspiegel." In 1982 she left the German Democratic Republic with her daughter after her husband passed away, and she moved to Munich. She had her first big role in the television series "Münchner Freiheit." She is a guest artist at many theaters, currently at Volkstheater München, where she can be seen in the role of the Mother in "Tales from the Vienna Woods." Her distinctive voice soon found a permanent place in the dubbing branch. Just to name a few, she is the German dubbing voice of Geneviève Bujold, Marianne Faithfull, and "Uhura" in "Star Trek." The broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk filmed with her "Ich bin eine Fremde im eigenen Land" ("I'm a stranger in my own country") for the series "Lebenslinien" ("Lifelines").

Sylvana Krappatsch Performer

Sylvana Krappatsch was born in Quedlinburg, Germany, and she grew up in Brandenburg; as a successful theater actress she is at home on stages in Germany and abroad.

She was a member of the ensembles at Schauspielhaus Wien (theater manager: Hans Gratzer); at Schauspielhaus Zürich (theater manager:Christoph Marthaler); and from 2005 - 2015 she was a formative artist at the Münchner Kammerspiele under the theater manager Frank Baumbauer, and more recently under Johan Simons.

She has collaborated with the director Simons over a period of many years, and their work together has proved to be both significant and fruitful. The results were unforgettable evenings of theater, such as "Atomised," based on the book by Houellebecq, and "Job," based on the novel by Joseph Roth.

Sylvana Krappatsch has been a freelance actress since the autumn of 2015.

She currently can be seen onstage in the play "Exiles" by James Joyce (directed by Luk Perseval) at the Thalia Theater Hamburg.

With the work "Mnemo/scene: Echos" for the Munich Biennale Sylvana Krappatsch is establishing a connection to her earlier work in a musical context, which had already produced a striking expression in her collaboration with the group "Ensemble für Städtebewohner."

In addition to her work in theater, Sylvana Krappatsch can also be seen playing roles in films and on television.



Odilo Zapf Trombone

Odilo Zapf, geboren 1974, studierte Posaune an der Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg bei Martin Göß und Andreas Kraft. Neben der klassischen Orchesterausbildung beschäftigte er sich während des Studiums auch intensiv mit zeitgenössischer Musik.

Berufliche Erfahrung sammelte er unter anderem im Staatsorchester Koblenz und der Meininger Hofkapelle. Seit vielen Jahren ist er Mitglied des Orchesters der Klangverwaltung unter Enoch zu Guttenberg und als freischaffender Musiker in verschiedenen Orchestern und Formationen aktiv, wie zum Beispiel dem Ensemble Bavarian Chamber Brass.

Seit 2005 unterrichtet er an der Musikschule Freising und ist seit 2009 dort auch als stellvertretender Musikschulleiter tätig.

Fabian Reinhard Horn

The horn player Fabian Reinhard was born in Würzburg and is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik München under Professor Johannes Hinterholzer. While still a pupil at the special secondary school Schloss Belvedere in Weimar he had repeatedly been very successful during the German "Jugend musiziert" competition, winning several awards, and he was a finalist at the international horn competition in Sanicandro, Italy. Fabian Reinhard has gained experience playing in such orchestras as the German Youth Orchestra; the newly founded chamber orchestra Modus 2; Wiener Jeunesses Orchester; Philharmonisches Orchester in Graz, Austria; and Beethovenorchester Bonn. He attended master courses taught by Professor Becker; Professor Dallmann; Professor Hinterholzer; Professor Lampert; Professor Penzel; and Professor Schmitz.

Stefan Schneider Clarinet

The clarinetist Stefan Schneider from Munich is a freelance musician and a regular guest performer with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester; the Münchner Philharmoniker; the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester; and numerous other German and European orchestras.

Stefan Schneider has been the first clarinetist with the Münchener Kammerorchester since 1995; he displays a special commitment to the diversity of clarinets – in particular the bass and double bass clarinet – and thus a commitment to, in terms of style, a wide-ranging repertoire of chamber music and orchestral works up to the present.

From 2009 to 2015 Stefan Schneider was a guest professor of clarinet at the University of Music Freiburg in Germany.

Anna Gebhardt Piano


Anna Gebhardt was born in Straubing in 1995 and started to take piano lessons at the age of five. In 2009, she won the first prize at the federal level of “Jugend musiziert” with the organ. In addition, she was honored with the “Geschwister-König-Gedächtnis Preis” with the flute two years later by her rural district. In 2012, she was admitted to the “youth sponsorship” program at the “University of Music and Performing Arts” in Munich. Since winter semester 2013/14 she studies piano in the class of Prof. Silke Avenhaus. Already at the beginning of her studies she was chosen by the University to give a concert with Prof. Dag Jensen and Prof. Francois Leleux as a part of the “Odeon Concerts”. She often participates in master classes: In the summer of 2015 she was invited to take piano lessons by Prof. Christian Ihle Hadland and Enrico Pace as part of the “International Chamber Music Festival” in Stavanger (Norway). Recently, her hometown Straubing honored her with the “Kulturförderpreis 2015”.



Cristóbal Gajardo Percussion

Cristóbal Gajardo has a distinguish touch with the percussion instruments in both the orchestra and a chamber music fields. Mr. Gajardo has played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Schleswig Holstein Orchestral Academy, Baltimore Symphony and the Bayerische Staatsoper

He has toured Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Poland, Germany, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

As a chamber music player, he has performed in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall, Zankell Hall. Mr. Gajardo has a Percussion and Flute Duo “Luftwirbel” based in Munich.

Cristobal Gajardo holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Peabody Conservatory and Yale University. He studied under Timothy K. Adams and Robert van Sice. Currently he is studying in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München under Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Sadlo.

Judith Krins Violin

Judith Krins, born in 1986 in Vienna, studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg under Lukas Hagen and Benjamin Schmid, as well as under Friedemann Eichhorn at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar.

Already at a very early stage in her career she had received various awards and grants, including First Prize in the German competition "Jugend musiziert," and she was a member of the German Youth Orchestra as well as a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

Further engagements took her to MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester; and Bayerische Staatsoper, where she recently graduated from the orchestra academy.

Since 2013 she has been working freelance in Munich, where she works with different ensembles – such as the Münchner Kammerorchester and Ensemble Amphion.

Andreas Schmalhofer Violoncello

Andreas started his first cello lessons at the age of five with Hartmut Tröndle. He continued receiving lessons from Eldar Issakadze (Ingolstadt) and after with Prof. Stephan Haack (Section leader of Münchner Philharmoniker). He participated in Masterclasses by Prof. Danjulo Ishizaka, Maximilian Hornung, Prof. Wolfgang Böttcher, Prof. Lazslo Fenyö and Kent Nagano. In 2007 he was awarded the Culture Prize of Bobingen city. He received scholarships for the International Masterclasses in Canada 'Stage des Cordes' (2006, 2013). At the age of 14 he started learning from Prof. Jean-Guihen Queyras as a young student in Musikhochschule Stuttgart. A year later he was awarded the first prize in National youth competition ('Jugend-Musiziert') and also the Classical prize from WDR (West-German-Broadcast). His first debut was at the age of 17 with the Romanian State Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau playing the Dvorak Cello concerto. Until now he is performing in many International festivals such as cities in Amsterdam, Gstaad and Salzburg.
Since 2011 he is a scholar in the foundation 'Live Music Now' and from 2014 he is studying with Prof. Julius Berger in Augsburg. Last year he won the first prize in the International Johann- Andreas-Stein Competition. 

Dominik Luderschmid Contrabass

Dominik Luderschmid was born 1986 in Augsburg and began playing the double bass at the age of 13. Before graduating at High school he played in the Swabian, Bavarian and National Youth Orchestra of Germany as well as in the Bavarian Youth Jazz Orchestra, was national prize winner at „Jugend musiziert“ and young student at the „Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg/Augsburg“. Afterwards he studied classical bass with Prof. Dorin Marc and jazz bass with Rudolf Engel at the „Musikhochschule Nürnberg“, was member of the „Junge Deutsche Philharmonie“ and the academy of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and substituted in several orchestras. After his graduation from classical studies he moved to Amsterdam in order to complete his jazz studies there at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Thereafter he came back to Munich, graduated classical master studies with Prof. Heinrich Braun at the „Musikhochschule München“ and became a member of the „Münchener Kammerorchester“.

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