Human Requiem, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Jochen Sandig, Sasha Waltz & Guests © Matthias Heyde
Human Requiem, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Jochen Sandig, Sasha Waltz & Guests © Matthias Heyde
Human Requiem

Human Requiem

»As far as the text is concerned, I will admit that I would gladly give up the 'German' and simply put 'human'.« (Johannes Brahms, 1867, in a letter to Carl Reinthaler, premiere conductor of »A German Requiem«) As part of its series »Broadening the Scope of Choral Music«, Rundfunkchor Berlin is presenting Johannes Brahms‘ »A German Requiem« (1867) in a new light: Jochen Sandig and a team of artists from the company Sasha Waltz & Guests adopt the title »human requiem« to develop a choreographic »embodiment« of the piece, engaging text, sound, bodies and space to interact with each other. As the choir is staged across the space, moving the singers as well as the audience and abolishing the division between stage and auditorium, the traditional concert experience dissolves. Brahms‘ requiem is not a Mass for the dead; hence, its text is non-liturgical. The requiem looks to provide solace for the living: It deals with the realization of our evanescence and the meaning of death and grief, but also with their overcoming - its gaze remains firmly set on life. In the community of those who sing and those who listen, this message becomes a space-consuming and personal experience: a »human requiem«. Jochen Sandig’s intention is to create »a very immediate experience, a form of humbleness and modesty. We don’t want anything big. We want the humans, by which I mean everyone, the choir, the director, the visitors, to let themselves be engaged.« Brahms’ »A German Requiem« is a core piece of the repertoire of Rundfunkchor Berlin. Their CD recording with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle won the choir and Simon Halsey the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.

World premiere on 11 February 2012, Radialsystem, Berlin

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May
Human Requiem
Thursday 30.5.2024, 20:00
Radialsystem, Berlin DE
31
May
Human Requiem
Friday 31.5.2024, 20:00
Radialsystem, Berlin DE
2
Jun
Human Requiem
Sunday 2.6.2024, 20:00
Radialsystem, Berlin DE
History
2019
Berlin DE 1.–5. May
2017
Berlin DE 25.–27. May
2016
Hongkong CN 2.–3. Mar
Brüssel BE 18.–19. Mar
Athen GR 26.–27. Apr
Berlin DE 8.–9. Oct
2015
Berlin DE 26.–28. Mar
Paris FR 11.–12. Jun
Granada ES 24. Jun
Amsterdam NL 4.–5. Jul
2014
Rottderdam NL 24.–25. Sep
2013
Berlin DE 19.–25. May
2012
Berlin DE 11. Feb
Hamburg DE 29. Sep

Current Cast

Direction, Concept
Set Design
Lighting Design
Conductor
Assistance Conductor
Soprano
Iwona Sobotka
Baritone
Ansgar Theis
Piano
Angela Gassenhuber
Cast History
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Set Design
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Set Design
Direction, Concept
Set Design
Direction, Concept
Set Design
Direction, Concept
Set Design
Lighting Design
Conductor
Assistance Conductor
Soprano
Iwona Sobotka
Baritone
Ansgar Theis
Piano
Angela Gassenhuber
Direction, Concept
Set Design
Lighting Design
Conductor
Assistance Conductor
Soprano
Iwona Sobotka
Baritone
Ansgar Theis
Piano
Angela Gassenhuber
Direction, Concept
Set Design
Lighting Design
Conductor
Assistance Conductor
Soprano
Iwona Sobotka
Baritone
Ansgar Theis
Piano
Angela Gassenhuber
Artistic Direction
Musical Direction
Set Design
Sung-Uk Hwang 2019–2012
Lighting Design
Jörg Bittner 2024–2012
Direction, Concept
Jochen Sandig 2024–2015
Conductor
Assistance Conductor
Soprano
Iwona Sobotka 2024
Baritone
Ansgar Theis 2024
Piano
Angela Gassenhuber 2024

A production of the Rundfunkchor Berlin in cooperation with Sasha Waltz & Guests and Radialsystem.

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