Save The World With This Melody (Bernadette La Hengst)
My life is an overdraft,
a check that can never be cashed,
and death pays off the debts,
because then my life is gone.
And then I feel suddenly,
how the heart within my chest
screams: Smash everything to pieces!
just to write it all off.
Loss, loss, loss,
Loss, loss, lust, baby…
To kick off the festival, Bernadette La Hengst will blur a few boundaries: no one has ever been able to fit so much as a piece of paper between pop melodies and political text in her work. This remains precisely the case with her current album Save the World with this Melody: don’t be afraid of getting her songs stuck in your head, or of melancholy, pathos, clarity or cleverness. One song explores who a park bench belongs to and who not, another sings against climate change, another takes the desire for living precariously into consideration, another looks at optimism and still another examines the desire between lovers – or that of those who have fled their homelands? One way or another: say goodbye to lethargy! The world needs saviors!
Alte Münze: Festivalzentrum, Molkenmarkt 2, Mitte, 10179 Berlin
For all participants and guests of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival.
Part of the ancillary program conceived and developed by the Performing Arts Festival team.
Bernadette La Hengt is the former singer and guitarist of the band Die Braut haut ins Auge. She has worked as a solo artist since 2000 and has released five albums featuring electronic pop chansons with political content. Her (music) theater work has been presented since the middle of the 2000s on various stages, including Sophiensæle Berlin, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, FFT Düsseldorf, Theater Freiburg and Thalia Theater Hamburg.
Alte Münze in Mitte has been the home of Berlin’s mint since the 1930s. Here, Reichmarks were printed by the National Socialists, then East German marks, followed by Deutschmarks and euros after German Reunification and the introduction of the euro until the mint was moved to Reinickendorf in 2005.
The premises are currently managed by Spreewerkstätten. Since 2013, they have successively developed various areas in Alte Münze and made them usable. Culture makers, music producers, artists working in all genres as well as art and music festival presenters and social startups realize a wide variety of projects in Alte Münze today in the culture and creative economy sectors and program the event areas.
The future of Alte Münze is currently the topic of active debate by Berlin’s cultural policy makers. In light of this, PAF is even more excited to be able to be a guest here. It allows this much-discussed location in the middle of the city to be temporarily experienced together by audience members and artists.