12.05.10 Away match – The DAAD Artist’s in Berlin program in South Africa


As part of the German Culture weeks “Football meets Culture”, organised by the German embassy Pretoria and the Goethe-Institut South Africa

Football creates global encounters and brings out successful integration – one must only think of France’s multiethnic cosmopolitan team surrounding the ingenious artist with the ball Zinedine Zidane, that won the finale against Brazil in 1998 in his own country with a score of 3:0 or bring to mind the meaning football has had as an integrative force for blacks, mulattos, and impoverished whites within Brazilian society. The events hosted by the Artists-in-Berlin program bring these world-spanning, cosmopolitan aspects of football to centre stage and bring artists together that are global (master)minds of a postmodern world.

May 15th 2010, 19.00

Lindner auditorium
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg

Ensemble Modern
Conductor: Sian Edwards

Lucia Ronchetti: “Rumori da monumenti” A study on Johannesburg with words from “Portrait with Keys” with Ivan Vladislavić for recorded voice and ensemble (2008/2009)

Oscar Bianchi: “Vishuddha Concerto” for ensemble (2009)

Heiner Goebbels: “Samplersuite” for ensemble from “Surrogate Cities”


Lucia Ronchetti, born in 1963 in Rome, composer of vocal – and chamber music with live electronics, orchestral works and music theater, was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program in 2005; “Rumori da monumenti” was a joint commission of the Ensemble Modern and the Siemens Arts Program for the project “into Johannesburg”.
Oscar Bianchi, born in 1975 in Mailand, was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program in 2009, composer of orchestral works, as well as music theater; “Vishuddha Concerto” is a commission for the Ensemble Modern and was premiered in Frankfurt in May 2009.
Heiner Goebbels, born in 1952, is one of the outstanding German composers, whose focus lies on scenic concerts and his own music theater works, which he himself directs and which are performed at many theater and music festivals around the world.

The Ensemble Modern is considered one of the leading ensembles worldwide for contemporary music and is currently comprised of 19 international soloists.

May 19th, 19.00, Johannesburg, Arts on Main:

Of literary buccaneers and global (master)minds

Lebogang Mashile (South Africa) and Louis-Philippe Dalembert (Haiti/France) in conversation on a postmodern, postcolonial world and its many complex realities. They speak of global literature, middle worlds and a life in transit, of expectations and reality of the new South Africa, about awakening and remembrance, visions and sore spots – and the hope of the fruition of the Rainbow-Nation.

Hosted by Sandile Ngidi

Lebogang Mashile, poet, performer, actress and producer is one of the most widely read young authors of South Africa.
Louis-Philippe Dalembert, poet and prose writer is one of the most important contemporary Haitian writers and a literary buccaneer – who is currently living in Berlin as a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin program.


May 26th, 17.30, Cape Town, IDASA

Of literary buccaneers and global (master)minds

Breyten Breytenbach (South Africa/France, 1989 guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program) and Charl-Pierre Naudé in conversation on a postmodern, postcolonial world and its many complex realities. They speak of global literature, middle worlds and a life in transit, of expectations and reality of the new South Africa, about awakening and remembrance, visions and sore spots – and the hope of the fruition of the Rainbow-Nation.

Hosted by Ingrid de Kok

Breyten Breytenbach is internationally renowned as one of the most important South African poets. In 1989 he was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program.
Charl-Pierre Naudé’s poems are considered to be milestones of Afrikaans poetry.




Guest appearance with Candice Breitz, Phil Collins & Sinisa Mitrovic, Renata Lucas and Robin Rhode

From the 17th to the 26th of May the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD is staging presentations, film screenings, discussions and performance interventions with former guests of the program, as well as with Berlin artists connected to South Africa. Through their works the artists Candice Breitz, Phil Collins, Renata Lucas and Robin Rhode interact with cultural, historical or urban contexts, which are examined through a filter of the effects of globalisation and cultural and regional differences. Thus, alternative spatial and social imaginations are introduced, which invoke ideas of plasticity, manipulation and play. For some of the artists the intense co-operation with amateur participants and their desires, emotions and political hopes in a field of tension between local and global realms of experience play an essential role.

May 22nd, 14.00, Johannesburg
Artist’s talk with Candice Breitz and Robin Rhode
Hosted by Rory Bester
Goethe on Main