Camerata Variabile Concert — Deus Ex Machina: Sex Machine

Don Bosco Basel
Monday, 21 November

The Camerata Variabile’s new season has the motto “Deus ex Machina”—a term used in Greek tragedies to describe situations where the action is so dramatic and the fate of the protagonists so hopeless that only a divine intervention can solve the quandary and lead to the desired happy end. Throughout this season, the ensemble will be looking through music for the Deus ex Machina, the way out of the current global crises. They will be looking back from today’s techno, cybersex, logarithmically generated music, and virtual reality to the epoch of Italian futurism to determine which tenets of that artistic movements are still valid today and how the fascination for machines and technology has evolved over the past 100 years.
The first program begins with an homage to James Brown. What is behind the singers famous musical request, "Get up on the scene, like a sex machine, like a loving machine"? Is it the dream of a sexuality that is not endangered by any fragile psychological condition? An identification with the machine as the ideal of dependable, intoxicating power? Central to this program with the Camerata Variabile is the work "The Demon" by Paul Hindemith, for which they will be working with dancers for the first time, with Javier Rodriguez developing a new choreography for this work. Thus, the erotic theme of the underlying text is not only expressed musically, but also physically. Also on the program will be the American George Antheil's “Symphony for Five Instruments,” which will be combined with a black-and-white film from the same period. With "Deeper and Deeper," a concert piece for chamber ensemble, the program also includes a work by a Swiss composer, Edu Haubensak. Due to its strong motoric system and its intense drive, the piece is very appropriate.
Tickets are CHF 40 for adults and CHF 20 for students.


Don Bosco Basel
Waldenburgerstrasse 34
4052 Basel

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