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Photo: Joachim Koltzer

Forecast (Part I/Concert Version)
by Ari Benjamin Meyers

American artist and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers works at the intersection of music, theatre, performance and live installation, aiming to exploit each genre’s particular register and make new connections between their different mechanisms of action.

Forecast, his work that was scheduled to premiere on April 23rd but whose rehearsal process and premiere had to be postponed to next season due to the coronavirus pandemic, is dedicated to the weather as phenomena and a starting point for an evening about predictability, and humans as the creators of the future with their need for forecasts, control and imagination.

From May 11th-15th, the Forecast ensemble met in the Volksbühne to record an excerpt of the performance as a concert-style session on video.

With: Johanna Bantzer, Nico van Wersch (guitar, band leader), Liam Byrne (viola da gamba), Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (harp), Susanne Fröhlich (recorder), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), Thomsen Merkel (electric bass), Jan Terstegen (electric guitar)

Direction, composition, text, concept: Ari Benjamin Meyers
Text, research, concept: Wannes Gyselinck
Text and concept: Arved Schultze
Stage design: Eva Veronica Born
Costumes: Lea Søvsø
Musical direction and compositional assistance: Nico van Wersch
Lighting: Kevin Sock
Sound: Max Heesen, Deniz Sungur
Director's assistant: Constanze Schüddekopf
Stage manager: Marco Ober
Translation: Anna Johannsen

Video production: Jens Crull (lead), Benjamin Hartlöhner (camera and editing), Mathias Klütz (camera), Ari Benjamin Meyers (direction), Arved Schultze (direction), Deniz Sungur (audio mix)

Many thanks to Ursula Werner and the colleagues from the technical department, make-up, props, costumes.

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