Roland Dürre
Wednesday October 30th, 2019

(Deutsch) Sei anders, sei Du selbst!

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Roland Dürre
Sunday August 11th, 2019

(Deutsch) Die CLOUD im Theater.

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Roland Dürre
Sunday April 21st, 2019

Theatre and Mobility

Many years ago, I discovered a wonderful theatre. I remained loyal to them and will continue to do so:

It is the Sommerhausen  Torturmtheater. It was originally founded by Veit Relin, who unfortunately died several years ago. His widow, Angelika Relin, is now in charge and arranges a set of four very special pieces each year. Mostly, the works are by contemporary authors who complement each other excellently. And mostly I see all the four pieces each year, at least once.

Currently, (until May, 25th, 2019) they play:
PICTURES OF A GREAT LOVE
by Wolfgang Herrndorf.

The protagonist is Isa, a fourteen-year-old girl who seems to be a hero from heaven. The role is played in a unique way by Isabel Kott. She makes you laugh and cry.

The following pictures show Isabel Kott in her solo role. The author of this piece is Wolfgang Herrndorf. He is dead and also wrote the best-seller TSCHICK, which not only adolescents like to read.

For me, the Torturmtheater has only one disadvantage. Sommerhausen is close to Würzburg and consequently almost 300 kilometres away from Munich. That is a considerable distance to go – just to see one theatre performance in a nice old tower.

For me, the trip to the theatre is a routine, because I have made it quite often. However, now we want to save the planet and change our behaviour and our society with respect to mobility.

For me, this is a reason relate my current practice using the example of a trip from Neubiberg close to Munich to the Torturmtheater at Sommerhausen. I also want to describe how this could be done in the future.

So: how can Barbara and yours truly get to Sommerhausen and back in the evening? After all, the performance starts at 8 p.m. and always last about an hour. In other words, for us, as pleasure lovers, this means staying overnight in Sommerhausen, including the nice dinner with the good local wine.

CURRENT PROCEDURE:

There are several ways to get from Neubiberg to Sommerhausen. Currently, the most favoured means of transportation are the car, the train and the airplane.

By car:

You can take two alternative routes. The easiest way would be for Barbara and me to take a car. One of us drives. If you calculate a (rather) optimistic average speed of 80 km/h plus break, we would spend four hours on the road, two of them behind a wheel. Both ways. That is almost 600 km. If you say one kilometre costs 40 Cents, then this adds up to 240 €. We would have to start early, leave the car in front of our hotel and drive home on the following day.

That is not what we want. And 240 Euros make the theatre rather expensive (the entrance fee is less than 20 €).

We could hire a driver who takes us there in a comfortable luxury limousine. In other words, we could pretend we are a member of the Bavarian State Government. Except, as opposed to our politicians, we would ask the chauffeur to drive slowly and softly. In order not to go faster than the recommended speed. The chauffeur would probably not like this. And he would also need a room for the night. Well, this is beyond what we call economical. Except if we were to tell him to drive us home as fast as possible in the middle of the night. Because we would like to sleep before midnight. So we decide in favour of the German Rail.

By public transport:

Let us not consider the Flix-bus connection. That is not really enough comfort for us. But it seems like you can get a connection from Munich to Würzburg. You can choose between seven connections every day for 11.99 €. The long-distance bus test winner with enough space for your legs. Easy to book and WLAN included. Guaranteed seating and environment friendly. That sounds quite a bargain.

No, we prefer to go by train. That is a good idea if you know that you do not want to look for connections to Sommerhausen but instead to Winterhausen. Because between Sommerhausen and Winterhausen, you only have the river Main. And not far from the Winterhausen railway station, you can cross the Main bridge to Sommerhausen. It is a walking distance of one kilometre to the Torturm.

After all, the BayernTicket is valid for all of Bavaria. For two people, it costs 32 € (25 basic price + 7 € for every extra person – you can bring up to four travelling companions). Actually, there is quite a good connection between Munich Central Station and Winterhausen by the Bayerischen Regionalbahn (DB). First, you go from Munich via Nuremberg or Augsburg to Treuchtlingen. Then you change trains to Würzburg via Ansbach. The connection does not leave you very much time, but we always managed to catch the connecting train, because the second train will wait in Treuchtlingen if the first train is late.

If we choose this option, we also have to spend the night. Which means we need two BayernTickets (one for the way out and one for the return on the next day). That will be 64 € plus the stay overnight.
If we are in a hurry, we can take the ICE to Würzburg. If you have a BahnCard25, you will pay 56.25 EUR for the one-way ticket per person. Times four (two people, return ticket), you get: 225 €.

That does not include the price for the bus transfer from Würzburg to Sommerhausen. There are special offers, but you have no flexibility if you buy them – and if you take the least expensive “Supersparpreis”, you have no Munich City Ticket …

Which is another almost three Euros per person for the single trip, i.e. 12 Euros total. Depending on the connection, you save between a half and a full hour if you take the ICE, which does not really sound like much.

So we take the DB-Regio and bring our folding bikes – which makes us very flexible as soon as we arrive (and which also is a lot of fun).

Alternatives?

I know people who take the plane from Munich to Nuremberg (or Stuttgart). Especially among politicians, this is quite common. They often use the VIP Federal Flight Service and will then be picked up directly from the airport with a state limousine.

Well, I am not a politician and consequently try to avoid all intra-continental flights. One of the reasons is that the change between the systems flight, train and public transport or taxi is too expensive. So, for me, the irrational alternative ”flight“ is not an option.

We also already went all the way by bike. It was an ideal combination of bike tour and theatre visit. However, it is something you cannot always do, regardless of what a nice bike state Franconia and Bavaria is.

THE FUTURE:

What will the future bring? It is quite exciting, because now we need to decide how to change our behaviour. After all, we want to save the planet by how we act. The first measure might be:

ABSTINENCE?

No matter how nice the Sommerhausen theatre is and what great pieces they play, an ethical balancing of values might show that abstinence is probably a good idea. But that would really hurt.

So let us assume that we do not wish to abstain. Does the change to Flixbus make sense (allegedly, the bus is the most environment friendly of all means of transportation, it even beats the train). If the train services were terminated due to environmental issues, then I would go by bus.

Well, I do not really see a solution for me in the future. I give up. I cannot predict the future.

But then came the solution:
Today, I am one of the few strange persons who take the train to Winterhausen and then cross the Main on the bridge from Winterhausen to Sommerhausen walking or by bike. In the small village of Sommerhausen, I see a lot of car tin with licence plates from all over Germany. That is normal. At the motel we stay, I have difficulties as I try to navigate between the hordes of parking SUVs with my small Brompton. I fear that I might produce the occasional scratch on the expensive tin and consequently I act extremely cautiously.

How to turn it around? 
Following the suggestion: let us have trains that are fuller and let us have fewer SUVs. After all: the SUV drivers and also all the other gentlemen with their big limousines could easily take the train. Because there are still many vacant seats in the trains. And that would also make Sommerhausen look nicer and free it of all that tin.

So you would have to make our method the standard. And travelling with motorized individual transport the well-thought-through exception.
But what should we do if the SUV drivers do not want to do that? After all, it is totally irrational to not use the motorways?

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
In Munich, I also visit the theatre quite frequently. Currently, my favourite places are the Volkstheater and the Metropol. But the Resi and theKammer-Spiele with their sub-branches, too, offer things worthy of attention. 
In Munich, the mobility problem is easy to solve: 
If you have a ticket for the state and city theatres, then the MVV ticket is included – the same is true for the opera. The private theatres – for instance the Metropol – can also be easily reached using the MVV. You have to pay for the MVV, but this is money well invested if you go to the Metropol.
If you want to save the travelling costs, you can take the bike. All theatres of the “big village” can easily be reached by bike.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday October 17th, 2018

Arcis Vocalisten Will Sing the Mozart Requiem

I always enjoy advertising the Arcis-Vocalisten Concerts!

This time, it is the famous Reqiuem by Mozart!

Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I consider it the inner beauty of the universe itself (Albert Einstein)
In Mozart’s mysterious legacy, his last composition, the masterpiece “Requiem”, his steadfast faith is just as ever-present as his constant preoccupation with death. The Requiem is probably Mozart’s most humane work – a kaleidoscope filled with emotions: hopeless and hopeful at the same time.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Tuesday September 25th, 2018

The Arcis-Vocalisten Will Sing CARL LOEWE (on October, 22nd, 2018)

Once again, there will be a concert by the Arcis-Vocalisten. And as always, it is my pleasure to do some advertising for the choir. After all, I personally know at least two of the singers.

Ropes of Death – the passion oratory by Carl Loewe.

Most of the musically interested people will know Carl Loewe (1796-1869) as a prolific composer of songs and master of ballads who was quite adept at mirroring character. Only few people know that his major profession was that of cantor at Stettin’s main church, St. Jacobi, where he also worked as the town’s musical director. We have 17 clerical and secular oratories that document his work. The passion oratory “Das Sühneopfer des Neuen Bundes”, which he probably wrote in 1847, is one of the central pieces.

The Arcis Vocalisten will present this concise and penetrative music that is well worth re-discovery with an excellent set of soloists and the renown orchestra in original pitch “L’arpa Festante”. They will also make a recording with the Bayerischer Rundfunk and the label OehmsClassics in a time-consuming studio production.

Loewe’s language of sound expertly combines the power and suggestiveness of Händel’s choirs with the sound of Bach’s passions, especially in the words of Jesus, and with his own melodious and sensual song artistry in the arias and ensembles. The composer made a conscious effort at creating something meaningful that lies between opera and oratory.

 

 

 

 

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Munich is a big city. In Munich, there is also a great theatre tradition. In former times, the “Resi“ (Residenztheater with various locations) and the Kammerspiele  dominated and fascinated me. Today, you get top theatre especially in the Volkstheater and perhaps also at an outsider in Freimann: the Metropoltheater.

However, we also have a huge variety of amateur theatres in Munich. I find the theatre troupe tgsm especially outstanding. With this opinion, I certainly do not want to discredit all the many other ambitioned “amateur actors“ in Munich who play with enormous enthusiasm on many stages. On the contrary, with theatre, it is just like in real life – the amateurs (people who do it because they love it, rather than for money) often need not feel inferior to the professionals.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of a very special experience at the tgsm. It was a play that, unfortunately, is only rarely performed. Perhaps because it is unpleasant and because it hurts.

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

by Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1956)

Here is what it says in the tgsm brochure:

In 30 scenes, Brecht describes 30 moments of life in the Third Reich. Initially, he wanted to call the piece “Germany – a Horror Story“. The premiere was in 1938 in Paris with eight scenes. The individual scenes are separate units and are not combined to become a linear story. Yet, taken together, they are an image of life under the national-socialist regime. If you look closely enough, you will understand the mechanism of all dictatorships: polarisation, fear, defamation of minorities (enemy image) and demonstration of the government’s power on a daily basis. This is why the issue is also a current issue today and will always remain one.


I was worried when this evening started. Simply because I know that all the misery and atrocities of that time depress me. A short time ago, even riding my bike along the premises of the Dachau KZ gave me a sleepless night.
In the evening (at 10.30 p.m.), I rode home with a profound feeling of happiness. Which was totally the opposite of what I had expected. Because I had experienced great and precious theatre.

It made me particularly happy to have seen so many people (around 25 actors and around 15 supporters) who, in their free time and on a totally honorary basis, worked extremely hard to make something so great happen. And because I felt that those people saw the world like I see it.

Many thanks!


Here is the good news:
There are still a few performances, so you can watch the play! Here are the performance times:

June, 1st, 2018 (Friday)
June, 2nd, 2018 (Saturday)
Pasinger Fabrik, starting at 7.30 p.m.

June, 7th, 2018 (Thursday )
June, 8th, 2018 (Friday)
June, 9th, 2018 (Saturday)
Pepper Theater, Neuperlach, starting at 7.30 p.m.

June, 14th, 2018 (Thursday)
Neubiberg, Aula der Volksschule, Am Rathausplatz, starting at 8 p.m.

For tickets, click here.

And here are a few links to whet your appetite: a long comment on the debut at the end of which Konstantin Wecker sang a song. Naturally, he will not be present during all the other performances. You will then hear his song SAG NEIN as a recording. When we saw the performance, everybody sang along, so it was a great experience even without the master.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

On May, 6th, you can again hear them: the ARCIS VOCALISTEN will sing in the Munich-Sendling Himmelsfahrtskirche.

Together with famous soloists, they will sing the PAULUS by FELIX MENDELSON BARTHOLDY, which is a theological oratorio in two parts.

 

“Rise Up, Arise and Shine!“

In 1836, the then 26-year-old musical genius Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy presented his first monumental biblical oratorio, the history of the apostle Paul. Beginning with his origins as Saul, the hunter of Christians, the story is about his Damascus experience, his crisis of faith and his new religious conviction, until he is finally described during his missionary travels.
Great representative choir movements, sensitive chorales, memorable arias are form a unit that finally becomes a huge, two-hour theological opera in Mendelssohn’s sensually romantic expression.

The Arcis-Vocalisten will present PAULUS in maximum choir strength and will be joined by young and exquisite soloists such as Judith Spiesser, who was last successful as Lucia di Lammermoor at the Landestheater Niederbayern. The other soloists are the mezzo soprano Florence Losseau, the tenor Christian Zenker who spent many years performing in the Innsbruck and Graz theatres, and the basso-baritone Alban Lenzen in the title role.

The accompanying orchestra is the Konstanz Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie. The director is Thomas Gropper.

The concert on Sunday, May, 6th, 2018, at 7 p.m. is in one of the churches most suited for the performance of this kind of music, the Himmelfahrtskirche in München-Sendling, Kidlerstr.15.

The musical director will give an introduction to the work at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at MünchenTicket and directly before the concert. For IF-Blog.de readers who want to enjoy the concert, we can arrange a small bonus. If you are interested, just send an email to me under the title “Arcis-Vocalisten.
? I will reply!

RMD

Roland Dürre
Sunday March 18th, 2018

Creative Communication – Texts

I remember something I really enjoyed. On October, 22nd, 2017. That was the day we met in Nuremburg to try something new in the evening. On that Wednesday, we planned a little show. We were going to jam with images, music and text and “be really creative”. It was the closing of the DOAG yearly conference “Soft Track“ sessions. We, that was Christian Botta, Knud Johanssen and yours truly .

The motto was “Jamming instead of Complaining” (Nicht Jammern sondern Jammen).

You can also see a Video recording. As promised, here are the texts accompanying the video.

To begin with, I introduce the solo by ALTO – the alto saxophone, a little towards the middle of the presentation (recited by Knud Johannsen)

Here is what ALTO the saxophone said.

And here are my texts. As a warm-up, I punched in a few catch-words (words that make sense). I only took words that started with the letter “K” in German. After all, it was all about “creative communication”.


Kaizen (in Japan as early as in the 1940ies), capital, commercialization, communication, accounts, costs, caste, consumption, concern, commerce, control & cooperation, tie, constructivism, context, cybernetik, communism (evil), capitalism (good), art (you cannot earn a living with it), coal (everything is based on it), carbon dioxide, Knud (the one with the saxophone), children (you no longer hit them these days), the (punch) card as the beginning of the computer, cats and kindergarden will come, crucifix will soon be a thing of the past (?), church, the motorbike, the crane, the power plant, nuclear energy, cars, (K70 but not as a combined thing), the cosmos, struggle (against sickness), war (is ostracized, but instead happens on the streets), committees, criminal stories & Kinsey(-report) – it was all crass, collective and complicated …


Then the time trip began with text and music, from yesterday over today into tomorrow – the stars  ****** in my texts always mean that Knud or Christian are the authors. And for those who do not know the songs, I always added a link to a video recording of the song. Naturally, the music played by Knud on his ALTO are always recognizable on the video recording.


Yesterday


***** Yesterday (ALTO & Knud)
Yes, that was yesterday.
Yesterday was the beginning of Anthropocenum, – which is how we propose to name a new  geo-chronological epoch: the era in which homo sapiens  has become one of the most formative factors for the biological, geological and atmospheric processes on the earth. (Wikipedia).
It all started quite well! Electricity replaced coal, what progress! Electric motors instead of steam engines. Wonderful!
But: Electricity is still made from coal.
It is all still about coal – time is money.
***** Money – That`s what I want (ALTO & Knud)
Yesterday was also:
The conveyor belt (Taylorism – after Henry Ford or as practiced in the Chicago slaughterhouses) becomes part of the administration (process and organisation). The caste of engineers becomes the manager caste. Humans are resources. Punch cards for the white collars, too.
Power is in the hands of men. They are the makers. Positive: we have more wealth and are less hungry. We dance on the iceberg.
***** Dirty Dancing (ALTO & Knud)
A life of wastefulness. Waste and nonsense – like the life boats on the unsinkable ship Titanic.
***** Titanic (Alto & Knud)
On the streets, you can hear: damage what damages you!
***** Brick in the wall (ALTO & Knud)


Our trip continues in the Present:


Today


***** Löwenzahn (ALTO & Knud)
Today, success means “survival”.
With joy in life.
And the courage to preserve.
Since life becomes more and more complex: here is how it works. Basically, it is already complex enough. Then we find mistakes that are complex. Correcting the mistakes is complex and makes the system even more complex. We find new, even more complex mistakes. This is how you get a vicious circle of complexity.
***** Solo: Christian climbing a mountain to get at simple, complicated, complex and even “research“ projects (spoken presentation) supported by Heidi.
Enterprises become “excel managed companies“. They are considered machines. The managers turn the levers of this machine and thus control the turnover, profit and stock market value. Everybody competes against each other when planning and everybody bets no end. The golden lamb is growth. In politics, they talk a lot and do not do much. We know everything and do nothing. Inherent necessities rule and we have a contingent of women.
Regardless: wherever you look and in many dimensions, you will find upheaval and new ideas. We now understand: it is not that we lack the courage to do it because it is a hard job, but it becomes a hard job because we lack the courage to do it.


Tomorrow


Let us continue our trip and look at tomorrow. What will be important tomorrow?

  • Less is more!
  • KISS (keep it simple, stupid).
  • Leadership – make people look great, instead of small!
  • The future cannot work for individuals. Let us network and cooperate. Co-creativity will be the concept of the future.
  • Communicating at eye-level!
  • Give others your time, inspire and give impulses.
  • Freedom: willing and being capable of living your own life in a self-determined way
  • Wisdom as human prudence.
  • Sustainability: production cycles with no Waste
  • Biophilie: act in such a way that both your own and other lives will tend more towards increasing than decreasing in many dimensions.
  • The future is female!

We cannot make things right.
We can do the right things.
What will happen if we do the wrong things right?


Then there were some nice solo pieces by Christian (for instance about complexity), Knud never seemed to stop rapping and playing; and then everybody hummed imagine and sang hey jude.

For me (and I believe the same is true for our audience), those were 30 beautiful minutes of our lives. And if you now have become curious: here is the direct LINK to the video recording. We wish you lots of fun when you look at the material

RMD
(Translated by EG)

October, 22nd was a rather challenging yet nice day for us (Christian, Knud and yours truly). We met in Nuremburg in the morning because we wanted to try something in the evening. The idea was to “communicate in a really creative manner”. We simply wanted to say a few things that would remain with us and be sustainable.

We, that is Christian Botta, Knud Johanssen and me. We met in a small apartment at the Nuremburg congress centre. Because on this Wednesday, we wanted to star in a small show in the evening. Consequently, we had to practice a little bit.

Before that day, we had met exactly three times. We had worked on the idea and then developed the content and the dramaturgy in a “shared document”, because that seemed the best way to overcome the space-time-distribution.

Starting at 11:00 hours, we practiced “jamming”. It took until 16:00 hours, then we relaxed. At 17:00 hours, the time had come: as the finishing number of the DOAG Yearly Conference #DOAG17 “soft tracks”, we went onstage. With “creative communication”.

On this photograph, you can see us after hard work:
Christian,  our “host” Dietmar Neugebauer, Knud and yours truly
(from left to right).

But before that, the motto was:

“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” and above all 
“Do not lament, instead jam!“



Here is the premiere of November, 22nd, 2017.

With and by us: (man with the pen), (with ALTO, the alto saxophone, or rapper and ventriloquist). And I ( – at the “speech“) was also part of the team!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
Here is the link to the video:
https://youtu.be/JZPp_OCiZPU
And for those who prefer reading about it I will publish my texts in my next post.

 

Christmas is near!!!

 

What would Christmas be without music?
Music without singing?
Singing without a choir?
And the choir without the Christmas Oratorio?

Johann-Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is part of the Festive tradition as much as the lights sparkling in the tree and the butter cookies. As early as the first alto-aria “Bereite dich Zion!” and the following choral “Wie soll ich dich empfangen?”, Bach’s great music gives fulfilment with every year anew. Beating drums, blaring trumpets, magnificent flutes and oboes, the murmur of the bassoon, the satin sound of the violins, violas, celli and contrabass will welcome Christ the child.

RMD
(Translated by EG)