Winterreise — Vorstudie für ein nomadisches Leben (Institut für angewandtes Halbwissen)
With Schubert’s Winterreise on their lips and a backpack full of DIY electronic instruments, two friends are setting off on a journey. As they say, “home is where the heart is”, and so we go drifting through landscapes, hurling sound and speed into space, until somewhere between here and there the distinction between the sedentary and the nomadic begins to dissolve.
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, Prenzlauer Berg, 10437 Berlin
Concept, Performance: Benjamin van Bebber
Music, Performance: Leo Hofmann
Outside Eye: Leonie Böhm
Outside Eye: Jan Burkhardt
Cooperation with the Festival StimmeX Hamburg. Funded by the Hamburger Kulturstiftung, das Nationale Performance Netz, die Rusch-Stiftung and Pro Helvetia.
The Institut für angewandtes Halbwissen (The Institue for Applied Half-Knowledge) was created out of the collaboration between the composer/performer Leo Hofmann, director and visual artist Leonie Böhm and the music theater director Benjamin van Bebber. The Institut see itself as a music theater intervention and production collective.
Ballhaus Ost is a production space for independent theater, performance and dance. Located in the former celebration and assembly hall of a Berlin Free Church Community and built in 1907, Ballhaus Ost cooperates with groups and artists from all fields of the performing arts, including well-established groups and artists as well as newcomers and emerging members of the independent performing arts community. As an experimental stage for various forms of contemporary theater, Ballhaus Ost invites its audience to experience and discover new ways of artistic debates with today's reality of life. During the German Democratic Republic (GDR), before the venue was used as a theater, the ballroom was used as the Casion des Handwerks and became a pool hall and nightclub after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Ballhaus Ost was founded by the directors Uwe-Moritz Eichler, Philipp Reuter and the performer Anne Tismer in 2006. Daniel Schrader and Tina Pfurr have been the artistic directors since 2011.