workshop concert: Ensemble Mécanique

with Winfried Ritsch

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Ballet Mécanique
© N. Lackner


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.

Introduction and workshop concert „Ensemble Mécanique“ with Winfried Ritsch
  • “Velocity Study” by Anton Stuk (Ukraine)
  • “Contrapoint Study” by Bernabei Michele (Italy)
  • “random, delays, transposition for 3 Pianoplayer” by Pinera Diego (Mexico)
  • “minimalistic piece for 3 Pianoplayer + 3 Xylophones and others” by Cho Younje (South Korea)
  • “timbre approximation” 1..3 Piano Player by Alisa Kobzar (Ukraine)
  • a phonola Study by Elisabeth Harnik (Austria)
  • “Fractal Study with ensemble mècanique” by Luka Kozlovacki (Sweden)
  • “Evolution Impro” by Winfried Ritsch (Austria)

In 2019, visual artist Peter Kogler and curator Katrin Bucher-Trantow initiated a reinterpretation of the legendary Ballet Mécanique by American composer George Antheil for Kogler’s exhibition “Connected” at Kunsthaus Graz. The Graz composer Winfried Ritsch subsequently realised this music machine.

More about the project at

Macht und Tradition, Kultur im Fluss

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Lehár Theater Bad Ischl