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Programme at the intersection of Film + Music + Performance in November and December

Over the next few weeks, the Volksbühne is presenting a programme of performances and films at the intersection of music, film, performance and theatre, including works from Luke Fowler and Sue Tompkins, an evening of cinema and music in honour of the late experimental musician Tony Conrad, the German premiere of Fever Room, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's first work for the stage, as well as a retrospective of his film work.

VariaVision: Luke Fowler + Sue Tompkins
Country Grammar + Electro Pythagorus (a portrait of Martin Bartlett)
Sunday, 12 November 2017, 7pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon

Sue Tompkins and Luke Fowler, Country Grammar, UK, 2003-2017, 20 '
Based on texts written for Tompkins' first, never-repeated, solo performance, these two Glasgow-based artists have created a new film, shot by Fowler on 16mm and featuring Tompkins’ spoken-word fragments. The film consists of fleeting material shot spontaneously in summer 2017 -- created in recording studios, public gardens, at home and on the streets in the area. It also serves as an introduction to Tompkins’ new project: an invitation to other filmmakers and artists to respond to her sound and performance pieces with their own visual material. Audio and visual material are combined through the editing process to confer new associations and meaning to the source text.

Luke Fowler, Electro-Pythagorus: Portrait of Martin Bartlett, UK / Can, 2017, 16mm transferred to HD, 45' (German premiere)
With his latest film, Luke Fowler has created an homage to the work and musical ideas of Martin Bartlett, an experimental Canadian composer who promoted the use of the ‘microcomputer’ during the 1970s and 1980s. The life and work of this highly influential, yet little known, composer “is resurrected in this lovingly constructed biographical essay. Archival footage finds Bartlett at home, at work, and onstage, while voiceover readings of the proudly out artist’s reflections on his place in the era’s gay community convey a sense of intimate, holistic personal history.” (NY Film Festival).

A question and answer session with the artists and curators will follow the screening. The performance and film are both in English.


Tony Conrad
Completely in the Present
With: Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Jochen Arbeit + Ensemble, Tyler Hubby, Paul Williams and Rosa Barba
Friday, 1 December 2017, 7:30pm
DJ beginning at 11:30 pm in the Roter Salon: Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars)
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Tony Conrad’s punk attitude and approach to music, cinema and art have made him an ongoing source of inspiration. While the music and art world quarrel over his legacy, we’re commemorating his revolutionary move to eliminate composition. In addition to a screening of Completely in the Present -- a film about Conrad created by San Francisco filmmaker and Conrad’s friend and collaborator of many years Tyler Hubby, this multidisciplinary event includes two musical contributions: an orchestral piece originally conceived by Conrad and reinterpreted by Jochen Arbeit with a string quartet, and a solo performance from the king of drone, Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))).

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Fever Room
German premiere
Thursday, 7 December + Friday, 8 December, 4 pm, 7 pm, 10 pm
Thai with German and English subtitles
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

With Fever Room, Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed an actor-less play where projections come to life and cinema turns into theatre. 150 spectators face the projection screen, which gradually disappears, as do the protagonists, their voices and their images. Based on Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendor (2015), the figures here are resurrected as ghosts: an eternally slumbering war veteran, whose post-traumatic comatose state is observed by a female figure. Beneath the hospital lies an old cemetery, where a mythical war is raging. Situated in northeastern Thailand, Weerasethakul’s birthplace, the hospital is at the centre of a transition from reality to transcendence.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Visual Design: Rueangrith Suntisuk
Light Design: Pornpan Arayaveerasid
Sound Design: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Composition: Koichi Shimizu


Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Mysterious Objects at Midnight
German premiere
Saturday, 9 December, 7 pm - Sunday, 10 December, 7 pm
Thai with German and English subtitles
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz + Kino Babylon

To celebrate the debut of his theatrical work in Berlin, the Volksbühne will be presenting a complete retrospective of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's filmography for the first time in the German capital. The film marathon begins at 9 pm on 9 December and ends on the following evening at 7 pm at Kino Babylon on Rosa Luxemburg Platz. Beginning with Vapour, a film shot in Toongha, a village in Thailand’s Mae Ram province and battleground for land-based problems between people and state, the programme looks back on the career of the founder of the Free Thai Cinema Movement. The full range of Weerasethakul's works is included, from his first 16mm recordings to award-winning 35mm films, rare works and short films to trailers, recorded in Hi-8, MiniDV, Super 8 and on mobile phones. The films are shown in their original language with English subtitles and in their original formats, whenever possible.

7 pm, artist talk featuring Apichatpong Weerasethakul with Chris Dercon and Giulio Bursi
8 pm, reception in the Sternfoyer
9 pm - 11:30 pm, film programme in the Volksbühne
12 am - 7 pm, film programme at Kino Babylon

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