»human requiem« back at Radialsystem
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»human requiem« back at Radialsystem

After numerous guest performances all over the world, Jochen Sandig's scenic version of Johannes Brahms' »Ein Deutsches Requiem« with the

Rundfunkchor Berlin can be experienced again where it premiered in 2012: at the Radialsystem.

Under the direction of chief conductor Gijs Leenaars and with the support of Sasha Waltz & Guests, the Rundfunkchor Berlin presents a choreographed staging of Brahm's Requiem. The separation between stage and auditorium is eliminated, the audience does not sit in front of a stage, but stands in the middle of the sound - text, body, space and voices are directly connected with each other.

The production has already been shown in New York, Hong Kong, Athens, Brussels, Amsterdam, Granada and Adelaide, among others. In 2016, the »human requiem« was voted on the New York Times' annual best list in the category »The Best Classical Music« and received the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award in the same year.

Brahms' Requiem is not a requiem mass, which is why the text does not follow the Catholic liturgy. It is intended to comfort the living. Its theme is the realization of our transience, the meaning and mourning of death, but also overcoming it. The gaze remains turned towards life. And that is why a »spatial« version of this work makes things fall into place. The message of the requiem is conveyed through the community of singers and listeners, it becomes an immediate and personal experience.

There will be an introduction by dramaturge Ilka Seifert before the concert on all days of the event.

human requiem

May 30, 31

June 2, 2024

Radialsystem, Berlin

Tickets and Information

Concept / Direction

Jochen Sandig


Sasha Waltz

Ilka Seifert

Artistic collaboration / Repetition

Davide Camplani

Claudia Lourenco De Serpa Soares


Brad Hwang


Jörg Bittner


Kristin Hörnig


Rundfunkchor Berlin


Gijs Leenaars


Justus Barleben

Iwona Sobotka (Soprano), Ansgar Theis (Baritone)

Angela Gassenhuber and Philip Mayers (Piano)

A production of the Rundfunkchor Berlin in co-operation with Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Radialsystem.