Art and the Artist - the Pandemic and Beyond

Open Words on the Art of Being an Artist

Per­form­ing Artists have the tal­ent and the capac­i­ty to inter­pret the words and sounds of oth­ers, poets and com­posers, chore­o­g­ra­phers, to express what oth­ers have devised.
But they also have some­thing to say them­selves! And this pod­cast is intend­ed to offer them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to present their views, but also their approach­es to solv­ing prob­lems that move us all.

Like every­one else, they are affect­ed by the prob­lems of every­day life, of life all­to­geth­er. With their often inter­na­tion­al vision, their cre­ativ­i­ty, they can inspire just as much as with their inter­pre­ta­tions of great works on the stages of this world.

Corona – the end of Performing Arts? – Or a new beginning?!

It is a gen­er­al con­sen­sus that no oth­er event since World War II has hit the world as exten­sive­ly and glob­al­ly as the COVID19 pan­dem­ic. In many parts of the world, all events were can­celled, and so con­certs, the­atre and opera per­for­mances and fes­ti­vals were also a vic­tim of this situation.

How does the Per­form­ing Arts World react to this? What do the artists, those who are oth­er­wise in the spot­light, have to say? How are they affect­ed, artis­ti­cal­ly, men­tal­ly, economically?

Where do they see the future of Per­form­ing Arts after the end of the pan­dem­ic? Has it changed forever?

Inter­na­tion­al artists give their per­son­al answers to these and many oth­er ques­tions in this pod­cast. They give insight into what this cri­sis caus­es in them, what they think about, what moves them

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    Yury Revich is cer­tain­ly one of the most tal­ent­ed vio­lonists of his gen­er­a­tion. And he tells us not only about the expe­ri­ences he made with the Pan­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion, but we expand in our talk also on things that will move us in the future and how artists can show nowe paths to walk: for exam­ple using inter­net col­lab­o­ra­tion in con­certs in order to avoid trav­el to reduce the Green­house effect. Lis­ten to the opin­ions of a young per­son­al­i­ty and excel­lent artist

    Our two latest episodes

    Episode 7 — Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz

    March 8, 2020: Today’s guest, Christoph Wag­n­er-Trenkwitz, enters the stage of the Bonn opera house to per­form the com­ic role of “Frosch” for the open­ing night of “Fle­d­er­maus” — wear­ing a face mask! And the audi­ence laughs out loudly!

    Three days lat­er all Ger­man the­atres close, and we are still wait­ing for the sec­ond per­for­mance of this production.

    This and oth­er impres­sions of the pan­dem­ic year are part of this inter­est­ing talk with some­one, who has not only excel­lent knowl­edge of the Euro­pean and par­tic­u­laryl Ger­man-lan­guage the­atre and opera world, but who can tell those things also in a wit­ty but always pro­found way.

    Episode 6 — David Pountney

    Today we talk to a real “opera man”. David Pount­ney has been a revered mem­ber of the opera com­mu­ni­ty all over the world for many years, and both his lead­er­ship as Artis­tic Direc­tor and the won­der­ful pro­duc­tions he direct­ed are legend.
    We talk about his view on the pan­dem­ic, but also how Brex­it has affect­ed his life as an artist and the lives of many others.

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