Unexpected Forces

Strong women behind the scenes in Bad Ischl

An interactive audio walk uses an app to connect the lives and workplaces of some significant – but in public perception underrepresented – female figures from Bad Ischl.

(Original title: Ungeahnte Kräfte)

Subject to change
Sujet Ungeahnte Kräfte
© Philipp Fürst

Annekatrin Flick, Christina Hodanek (Project Leaders)
Stefanie Altenhofer (moderation, acting)
Ilia Staple (soprano)
Eric Lamb, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, Christoph Bielefeld, Magdalena Scheck, Felix Brandauer, Mattias Staudecker, Annekatrin Flick, Christina Hodanek (musicians)

Stefan Heinisch (Head of Programme Tourism, Mobility, Regional Affairs)


About the project

Beginning in the European Capital of Culture year, the living and working places of some important female figures from Bad Ischl who are underrepresented in the public perception will be brought together in an interactively designed audio walk via an app: Mileva Nákó, Jenny Gross, Theodor Leschetizky und Schülerinnen, Ella Pancera, Olga Hauser, Resi Pesendorfer and Frauennetzwerk, Ida Bodanzky and Sophie Lehár. In doing so, the biographies and works by female composers of a wide variety of eras will be brought into a relationship with them. This will allow the enormous scope of female achievement despite strong restrictions as a result of society and politics to be experienced both emotionally as well as intellectually. A commissioned composition in conjunction with a brief residency at Haus Rosenstöckl (requested) will enrich the musical repertoire and add a female influenced section to the history of the former “composition house” of significant composers.

In 2024, the audio walk will make the living and working places directly accessible in a live concert at various stations along the route and invites audience members to have encounters and make exchanges. Some sound recordings will be made of individual works from the repertoire of music included in the app due to the special instrumentation of the works, their unknownness and the resulting lack of availability. These, the commissioned composition as well as the digital preparation of the topic of the app will last beyond the European Capital of Culture year and make the project sustainable and able to experienced in the long-term as well.

Location: Bad Ischl
Meeting point: Kurpark, “Das Rosenstöckl” – Esplanade 6a (requested), Kaltenbachstraße 20, Doktor-Höchsmann-Straße 4, Leschetizkygasse 8, Concordiastraße 3, Kaltenbachstraße 30, train station, Franz-Lehar-Kai 8, Esplanade 6a.