Ab und An - For Morton Feldman

A web of day and night, light and darkness, life and death, warmth and cold - as if movement was just a consequence of partial immobility.
Achim Freyer


Theater der lärmenden Stille,
Theater der füllenden Leere,
des Schwarz der Nacht.
Die Geburt, der Anfang.
Da sein.
Da sein?
Da sein!
Theater der Vielfalt des Nichts,
Theater der Anwesenheit des Abwesenden,
des Zwischen und der Sichtbarkeit.
Die Schwärze des Lichts.

Achim Freyer



Direction, Stage Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design: Achim Freyer
Dramaturgy: Boris Friedewald/Tina Rehn


Length: 60 minutes, no intermission
Premiere: September 30, 2004, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

A joint production of the Theater Bonn, the Beethovenfest, the Zentrum für Europäische Künste Hellerau and der Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.



"The grandiose Freyer-Ensemble performs […] a rigorously stylized slow-motion choreography. Smallest gestures become major sensations in this minimalist art and performance space; one quick movement translates into a devastating catastrophe. The space between words and actions is filled with tension and leaves room for ones vivid imagination to sneak in. One's sense of experienced time and real time disintegrate; after seemingly 5 minutes, 15 minutes have passed already; a strong experience of transparent sensations. Long applause."
Die Deutsche Bühne

"[.] Neon tubes hang all over the space, their electric cables appear like strokes of a brush in a huge painting [.]. The piece has no beginning and no end; it could go on forever or only last five minutes [.]. In his premiere 'Ab und An - for Morton Feldman', Achim Freyer depicts his own artistic universe while staying close to the ideas of Beckett and Feldman [.]."
Die Welt

"Feldman's minute early piano composition 'Intermission 5' provides the sound score for 'Ab und An', perpetually repeating dream chords, which measure the space acoustically without any drama. The visual counterpart is a plain stage, where painted outlines on the floor, hanging neon tubes and their electric cables create a strange system of coordinates. Within this system the eight performers of the Freyer-Ensemble move like mounted caterpillars. At times they turn or twist, take on daredevil contortions, pull the electric cables or blankly stare into space. Any attempts to escape remain pointless or end in mechanic movements - just like the added in Beckett-words."
Süddeutsche Zeitung



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