The Navidson Records

a music theatre as installation

Composition commissioned by The City of Munich for the Munich Biennale
A co-production of the Munich Biennale, Konzert Theater Bern, and Bern University of the Arts, in collaboration with Lothringer 13
with the support of Pro Helvetia, swiss arts council

artistic direction: Tassilo Tesche and Till Wyler von Ballmoos; stage design, video: Tassilo Tesche; stage director: Till Wyler von Ballmoos; composition: Ole Hübner, Rosalba Quindici, Benedikt Schiefer, ; sounddesign: Kristian Hverring;

Someone opens a door. Something is concealed behind it. At this moment the situation in the space at Lothringer 13 spins out of control.

For »The Navidson Records« 18 performers and a choir emblematically develop together the concept of a labyrinth with the help of texts, music, and choreography. By means of a cross-media and extensive installation the performance examines that moment when the situation tilts, that moment between when one feels at home and this everyday familiarity collapses. What should we do when we suddenly are in nothingness and are nowhere? This uncanny moment can represent situations when we believe we are lost and thrown back on our own. In a mutual performative/musical exploration the performers investigate with the audience the morphogenesis of unsafe situations.

An open work process will be selected for the production and the performance, deliberately taking into account the intermittent loss of orientation. The constant question is: Which decisions do we have to make in order to reach the center of the labyrinth?

Ole Hübner composition

Kristian Hverring sound design

Born in Denmark. He began to experiment already as a child with an old cassette recorder, recording and processing sounds in his environment. After he received his master's degree in electronic music composition from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark he worked with, among others, Andrew M. McKenzie (Hafler Trio) and Derek Holzer a.k.a. Macumbista. In his works Krishve moves between the borderlines of sound art and electronic music. In addition to his own work, such as the independent labels phloq and clang, Krishve works as a composer and sound designer for performances, installations, theater, and film, and he has been a permanent member of Hotel Pro Forma since 2012, the internationally successful ensemble of visual music performances and installations.



Rosalba Quindici composition


Rosalba Quindici is an Italian Composer and Pianist. In 1998 she graduated in piano at the Conservatory “Domenico Cimarosa” in Avellino (Italy). At the same time, she studied philosophy at the University of Naples Federico II, where in 2000 she obtained her Bachelor’s degree and in 2004 a PhD with a thesis about Husserl and the phenomenology of musical listening. In 2003 she received a scholarship at the Istituto Croce in Naples and in 2004 at the Summer School of Music and Philosophy in Maratea. In 2002 she began studying composition, graduating in 2010 at the Conservatory “Domenico Cimarosa” in Avellino. She then took advanced courses with Alessandro Solbiati, Azio Corghi, Stefano Gervasoni, Salvatore Sciarrino. In 2014 she then attended the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt.  Currently she is further perfecting in composition with Xavier Dayer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, where she is finishing the last year of a Master’s degree in Theory and Composition.

Her compositions have been performed at musical and cultural events and institutions, including the Settimana della Cultura italiana of the Istituto di Cultura Italiana in Hamburg, the Associazione Alessandro Scarlatti in Naples, the Festival Pianistico Internazionale in Cassano Valcuvia, the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples, Musikfestival in Bern, Festival 5 giornate in Milan, the Firenze suona contemporanea Festival in Florence and the Accademia di Belle Arti of Naples.



Benedikt Schiefer composition

Born in Rosenheim, Germany, he studied composition in Munich and Basel. In addition to numerous grants and invitations, he received a scholarship in 2005 from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and in 2012 he was awarded the »German Film Critic's Prize«. His work ranges from classical compositions with or without live electronics to music for films and for sound installations. His works have been performed by, among others, Ensemble Phönix Basel; Ensemble Ascolta; Ensemble Wiener Collage; Ensemble Gelberklang; Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart; and at festivals such as Devantgarde-Festival; Wien Modern; Ludwigsburger Festival für Neue Musik; and Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau. 

Tassilo Tesche artistic direction

Born in Munich, he studied set design at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and received his diploma from the Berlin University of the Arts, where he studied under the architect Benedict Tonon and the artist Katarina Sieverding. He has bene working freelance since then, and in his work he moves between visual art, theater, film, and architecture. His theater work focuses on conceiving concepts and developing pieces in collaboration with authors, composers, and directors. In 2008 he and the composer Leo Dick won the sponsorship award from Experimental Music Theater North Rhine-Westphalia for »Kann Heidi brauchen, was es gelernt hat?« (»Can Heidi use what she learned?«). Together with the same team he created the experimental music theater piece »Der Wunsch, Indianer zu werden« (»The Desire to Become a Native American«) for the music festival at Stadttheater Bern in 2011.



Till Wyler von Ballmoos artistic direction

Born in 1979 in Bern, he studied theater studies at the University of Bern and attended at the same time the Bern University of the Arts; he graduated in 2004 with a performance diploma in violoncello. From 2006-2011 he studied theater and music theater direction at the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. He develops theme-related music performance projects in the independent theater and music theater scene, and he directed productions at, among other institutions, Münchner Kammerspiele; Stadttheater Bremerhaven; Badischen Staatstheater Karlsruhe; Stadttheater Bern; and the Biennale Bern. In 2011 Till Wyler von Ballmoos was awarded the debut sponsorship prize from the City of Munich for the production »Was is'n los?« (»So what's the story?«). His production of »Der Tod und das Mädchen - ein Wiederhall« (»Death and the Girl - a reverberation«) based on the text by Ariel Dorfman won the Best Director award at the Bayerische Theatertagen 2011 in Bamberg. He composes and produces music for international film, dance, and theater productions, and he was the artistic director of WIM Bern (Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik) and Musikfestwochen Bern.

Cast & credits

performance of: Noémie Brun, Dragana Bulut, Der Chor, Andries Cloete, Estelle Costanzo, Marie-Clémence Delprat, Maxine Devaud, Leo Dick, Michael Feyfar, Béatrice Gaudreault-Laplante, Bertrand Gourdy, Ole Hübner, Kristian Hverring, Katelyn King, Lana Kostic, Rosalba Quindici, Ruben Mattia Santorsa, Pierre Sublet, Tassilo Tesche, Sibill Urweider, Till Wyler von Ballmoos

artistic direction: Tassilo Tesche and Till Wyler von Ballmoos

stage design, video: Tassilo Tesche

stage director: Till Wyler von Ballmoos

composition: Ole Hübner, Rosalba Quindici, Benedikt Schiefer, 

sounddesign: Kristian Hverring

electroacoustics: Cyrill Lim

dramaturgical support: Malte Ubenauf

singer: Andries Cloete, Micheal Feyfar

dancer: Dragana Bulut

musicians (course of studies: Théâtre Musical): Noémie Brun, Estelle Costanzo, Marie-Clémence Delprat, Béatrice Gaudreault-Laplante, Katelyn King, Lana Kostic, Ruben Mattia Santorsa, Sibill Urweider

der chor; director: Auður Jónsdóttir

musical director: Pierre Sublet

Composition commissioned by The City of Munich for the Munich Biennale

A co-production of the Munich Biennale, Konzert Theater Bern, and Bern University of the Arts, in collaboration with Lothringer 13
with the support of Pro Helvetia, swiss arts council

Language: English, German, Italian, Dansk, French, Croatian, Serbian, Icelandic

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