In October, the Nibelungenviertel, a part of Vienna’s 15th district, will host a participatory television series that will fuse motifs of Wagner’s Ring into an epic four-part TV show – live. Involving the people present on location, the performance/TV collective irreality.tv will turn opera into soap opera and Café Kriemhild into a kind of neighbourhood Valhalla. Anybody can participate. Following several performances and interventions in the public, the series will premiere at brut on January 19th.
For DER RING DES NIBELUNGENVIERTELS, irreality.tv uses the strategy of soapification, where life is designed in a manner so unexpected and exciting as it is otherwise only known from television. Motifs and issues from Wagner’s Ring form the repertoire on which participants may draw. What, for example, would one do if they had a magic hood at their disposal? The project aims at nothing less than becoming a new Nibelungensaga, a Nibelung series about the desires and adventures in Vienna’s 15th district. Anybody can take part, be it just for one scene or in a major role. Those interested can reach out to the irreality.tv production office right at the film set on Kriemhildplatz starting in early October or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
irreality.tv emerged from a collaboration of the performance groups random people (Hamburg) and red park (Frankfurt/Vienna). Most recently, they created the production Ebensee Rising at the 2015 Festival der Regionen in Upper Austria.
October, 11th, from 7 pm
Opening and bar evening in the Grätzlgalerie
At this bar evening you can test and try the most interesting props of Wagner’s Ring: the apples of eternal youth, the magic hood, and of course the notorious potion of oblivion. Grätzlgalerie, Kriemhildplatz 10, 1150 Wien. Admission free!
Sunday, October 16th, 3 pm
Afternoon concert with heroic tenor and Wagner remixes
Wagner live at Kriemhildplatz and shooting of a mass scene: A dragon appears at Nibelungenviertel! Meeting point at Burjanplatz. In case of bad weather indoor at Cafe Kriemhild. Admission free!
Tuesday, October 18th, 4 pm
Out and about with irreality.tv
Visit at the set of Der Ring des Nibelungenviertels together with the artists. Admission free! Due to the rain today we will drink hot chocolate at 4 pm at café Kriemhild and we will make a short Grätzl tour at 5 pm with irreality.tv in the Nibelungenviertel - step by, there is no such thing as bad weather!
Sunday, 23 October, 11 am
Sunday Matinée - Wagner for breakfast
to conclude the first part of Der Ring des Nibelungenviertels, irreality.tv invites to a breakfast and lecture about Wagner at Café Kriemhild. Wolfgang Lüstenöder talks about love and power, fire and water, Walkures and dragon holes. And all this in the heart of Nibelungenviertel! There will be a surprise wildlife guest! Admission free, breakfast from 3,60 €. Meeting at Café Kriemhild at Kriemhildplatz.
Thursday, January 19th, 8 pm
World premiere of the movie Der Ring des Nibelungenviertels
With red carpet at brut Vienna, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien.
irreality.tv Daniel Ladnar, Lars Moritz, Esther Pilkington, Jörg Thums Production Elisabeth Haid Musical dramaturgy/production soundtrack Veronika Graf
Music Jens Cappel Graphic design Christian Raab
A co-production of irreality.tv and brut Wien in co-operation with OKTO.TV, *grätzlgalerie and Kunstverein EXTRA. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
Kriemhildplatz, 1150 Wien
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)
Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Subway: U3 (Stephansplatz), U4 (Stadtpark),Tram: 1, 2, 71, D, U2Z (Oper, Karlsplatz)
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Subway: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)