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Workshop: Ballet Mécanique

12/04/24Friday, 08:00Duration 34hLehár Theater Bad IschlKreuzplatz 16, 4820 Bad Ischl
Free entry
Ballet Mécanique
© N. Lackner

Description

The Salzkammergut was a melting pot of the avant-garde in the 19th and 20th centuries. The performance and exhibition of the "Ballet Mécanique" tie in with this tradition and at the same time offer a Salzkammergut version of the visionary masterpiece of classical modernism.

Workshop with Winfried Ritsch 

In the 1920s, at the height of the industrial revolution, George Antheil inspired with the idea of having his “Ballet Mécanique” played by a machine orchestra. Eight drums, seven bells, a siren, seven aeroplane propellers and up to 16 pianolas, player pianos that were already in widespread use at the time, were supposed to realise this, but he failed in the technical implementation. It was finally an alternative version with two pianists and one pianola in a slower tempo that he showed in the first performance in Paris, provoking a much-noticed scandal. A year later, it led to a fiasco in the United States. But his idea lives on and continues to inspire artists and audiences alike. 100 years after the creation of the “Ballet Mécanique”, it is now being performed according to the latest findings in the originally intended version by Antheil and synchronized with the version of the film of the same name by Fernand Léger from 1924 in the Lehar Theater. The premiere of this film and piano installation took place at the Kunsthaus Graz in 2019.

Contributors

Winfried Ritsch, Atelier Algorythmics (artist)
Wolfgang Schlag (Curator)

Christian Haselmayr (Head of Programme Music, Youth, Community Building)
Hannah Kickert (Production)

Programlines
Macht und Tradition, Kultur im Fluss

Event info

Where
Lehár Theater Bad Ischl
Kreuzplatz 16, 4820 Bad Ischl
Languages
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