adalbert stifter's novel HOCHWALD (timber forest) as a city-moving nature theatre about paradise and its loss during the war

a father living in the bohemian forest fears for his two daughters' safety and brings them to a hidden hut in the woods. nevertheless the building is located in the untouched forest, a young man who's in love with one of the girls finds their hideaway.

against the background of this novel about the forest, innocence, and the quest of security, the future of nature will be discussed. "while we give thought to the development of our cities in the 21st century, we don't have a creative plan for the design of our natural landscapes that are no longer growing independently form mankind. every forest in europe is human-made. how do we design nature in the future, so that it's worthwhile to live in it?" director hupert lepka states.
in other words: the bohemian forest has nowadays become a commercial forest while the real giant trees and molded nature can be found in urban park areas and english gardens.

the forest moves into the city
joey wimplinger's text version translates stifter's romantic novel from 1842 into the urban landscape and cityscape of linz. since neither the danube nor the urban buildings will move to the forest, the forest comes into town. diggers, forklifts, lorries, and ships bring a veritable conifer forest - including dozens of trees and a forest hut - to dance in a monumental choreography. the danube bank and the whole viewable urban space become comprehensible as moved nature landscapes, over which a winged being floats tenderly on a demolition digger.

a great deal of the city's appearance (the medieval as well as the modern) is connected to fire. fires are the reason for building regulations. fire clearance formed forests and grassland. whole landscapes are shaped by the combustible material wood. fire and its prevention still define the way we live. so fireworks and firefighters will play their adequate role at this year's klangwolke, too.

klangwolke unplugged
adalbert stifter's HOCHWALD is set in the thirty years' war - that european turmoil that destroyed and recreated religion, the political geography, the music, and the arts.   sonorous sounds and marching soldiers (peasants as well as those fighting for the prince) still live on in the tradition of brass music. HOCHWALD puts brass music and the highly developed polyphony of the late Renaissance into the context of contemporary electronics - as a music drama in the sense of a narrative, emotionalizing sound track.

a house driving on the towpath, an open pavilion on wheels, its interior made up of huge videowalls, which let pass the key scenes from HOCHWALD right in front of the eyes of the audience.  
the idea behind this mobile immovable maybe shows an architectural perspective how to design our living environment in a way that allows careful use of resources, such as land, building material, and enery, and makes it worthwhile for the future.



dance of the trees at donaupark
Sept. 5, 2015 | 07:30 pm
linz | donaupark | kangwolke
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after "teilung am fluss" in 2005 and "baby jet" in 2010 lawine torrèn will visualize the linzer klangwolke in 2015 for the third time.