Diskurs Bayreuth 2020

Discourse Bayreuth 2020

„Diskurs Bayreuth“ is the podium of the Bayreuth Festival for premieres, discussions and concerts. In 2020 the programme will be presented online. These include the video performance “The Loop of the Nibelung” by Simon Steen-Andersen, premiered on 28 July, and the series of talks “Hier gilt’s der Kunst – Wagner, Musik und Politik” with Daniel Barenboim, Thea Dorn, Sir András Schiff, Martina Gedeck, Barrie Kosky, Dörte Schmidt, Dieter Grimm as well as Björn Gottstein, Julia Spinola and Bernhard Neuhoff. All videos can be seen until 31 August 2020.

More information about „Diskurs Bayreuth“

The programme of „Diskurs Bayreuth“ will be accompanied on the Twitter channel of the Bayreuth Festival.

  • The Loop of the Nibelung von Simon Steen-Andersen

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    28 July 2020, 15:00

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    Installation Bayreuth Festival 2020 – The Loop of the Nibelung” by Simon Steen-Andersen

    The Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen is using the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, which will be empty in 2020, for a video art action entitled “The Loop of the Nibelung”. He takes musicians and singers from the Bayreuth Festival into a “chain reaction machine”. A parkour run is installed throughout the Festspielhaus, from the understage to the roof. It looks as if the house itself is making the music. During the performance, a rare moment of return this year is created for all participants.

    Even in the empty house, the legendary productions swing into the present. The mystical Festspielhaus becomes both an instrument and stage set.

    Installation Bayreuth Festival 2020 – The Loop of the Nibelung” by Simon Steen-Andersen

  • Maximilian Maier und Gabriele Schnaut

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    6 August 2020, 06:00

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    Introduction to the Century Ring: “Ring Ring Ring” – loops and legends in Bayreuth

    This year there will be no major operas on stage in Bayreuth. The empty Festspielhaus will be used for a big video art action. Maximilian Maier also goes on a search for traces of the past: How does the “Century Ring” by Patrice Chéreau still have an effect today? Soprano Gabriele Schnaut and tenor Siegfried Jerusalem, among others, are featured in the report.

    Image: BR/Maximilian Maier

    Introduction to the Century Ring: “Ring Ring Ring” – loops and legends in Bayreuth

  • Hier gilts der Kunst Gesprächsrunde

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    30 July 2020, 10:00

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    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Bernhard Neuhoff in conversation with Dörte Schmidt and Dieter Grimm

    Whoever pays, gets in, they say. But art is free – says the Grundgesetz. So the state must stay out of it when artists are creative. But of course it should pay for art. Because: “Bavaria is a cultural state,” as the Bavarian constitution states. Without state funding for culture, cultural life as we know it in Germany would be unthinkable. This applies all the more to a music theatre festival like the Bayreuth Festival. Is that a contradiction? How free is state-financed art really? And why do dictatorships like the Nazi regime also have an interest in simulating free art? Bernhard Neuhoff (BR-KLASSIK) discusses these questions with the former constitutional judge Prof. Dieter Grimm, who has initiated numerous groundbreaking judgments in matters of freedom of art and opinion. And with the musicologist Prof. Dörte Schmidt, who is researching emigration and cultural life in the post-war period.

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    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Bernhard Neuhoff in conversation with Dörte Schmidt and Dieter Grimm

  • Diskurs Bayreuth 2020: Bernhard Neuhoff im Gespräch mit Barrie Kosky und Julia Spinola

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    29 July 2020, 10:00

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    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Bernhard Neuhoff in conversation with Barrie Kosky and Julia Spinola

    Here it’s all about art – Bayreuth 1924 and 1951. 50-minute discourse by Bernhard Neuhoff with Barrie Kosky and Julia Spinola deals, among other things, with these topics: What positive aspects can be discovered in the work of the anti-Semite and composer Richard Wagner? How are moral transgressions of the past dealt with? What about the Angstlust in Wagner’s work?

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    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Bernhard Neuhoff in conversation with Barrie Kosky and Julia Spinola

  • Hier gilts der Kunst Gesprächsrunde

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    31 July 2020, 10:00

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    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Björn Gottstein in conversation with András Schiff and Martina Gedeck

    Here it is all about art – political spirit and attitude. In the approximately 50-minute discourse by Björn Gottstein with pianist András Schiff and actress Martina Gedeck, these topics are the focus of attention: Does an artist have to take a political stand? Can art develop freely? Do artists play a special role – and do they have more freedom?

    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Björn Gottstein in conversation with András Schiff and Martina Gedeck

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    28 July 2020, 10:00

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    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Thea Dorn in conversation with Daniel Barenboim

    Here it is all about art – Wagner, music and politics. In the approximately 50-minute discourse by Thea Dorn with Daniel Barenboim, topics such as the Staatskapelle Berlin’s concert on 75 years of war’s end during the Corona pandemic, Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk and anti-Semitism, or a philosophical digression on Wagner’s Ring narrative as the history of “learning to die” are addressed.

    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Thea Dorn in conversation with Daniel Barenboim

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