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Newsletter beginning of 2018


Dear friends and companions!

The new year has brought major political changes in Austria.

A political party was elected into the government, which has great problems with establishing a red line towards right-wing extremists. Again and again members of this political party and now of the Austrian government present themselves publicly through rabble-rousing, racist and anti-Semitic statements and a number of them are members of right-wing extremist’s organisations themselves.

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1st of February 2018: “7th European Theatre Day of Tolerance”

It therefore is more important than ever to mark the “European Theatre Day of Tolerance”, which takes place on the 1st of February for the 7th time. All important theatres in Austria and other European countries show and confirm our position to openness and tolerance by reading a memorandum before their shows. This initiative is supported in Vienna by the Burgtheater, Theater in der Josefstadt, Volkstheater as well as by many other theatres, concert halls and houses of literature and this year, for the first time, also by the international PEN Club.

Following these links you will find the text of the memorandum:

German version | English version | French version

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Foto Julia Giebel

11th of February 2018, 12 p.m.: “Wild But Heart”, Porgy&Bess, Vienna
with Julia Giebel

My breakfast-performance-series “Wild But Heart”, which I create once a month together with a guest, starts into the new year with wonderful and inspiring artists.

The breakfast contains coffee, tea, nourishment, literature, thoughts and music.

In February Julia Giebel, opera singer and long-term ensemble member of the Komische Oper Berlin is my guest. With artistic means we will fathom the topic “passions”.

Event Porgy & Bess

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Foto Katharina Stemberger

4th of March 2018, 12 p.m.: “Wild But Heart”, Porgy&Bess, Vienna
with Katharina Stemberger

My guest in March is actress and activist Katharina Stemberger, which I am happy to announce, because it’s not only a long friendship, which connects us...

It promises to be gripping.

Event Porgy & Bess

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Foto Linde Waber

8th of April 2018, 12 p.m.: “Wild But Heart”, Porgy&Bess, Vienna
with Linde Waber

The painter Linde Waber will honour us in April and state the topic “movement” from her point of view.

She already promised to draw “live”, which I highly esteem and am especially looking forward to.

It is a very sensual and unique experience, which one shouldn’t miss in any case.

Piano performer Therese Cafasso will support her.

Programme Porgy & Bess

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30 years of “Totales Theater”

Exactly 30 years ago I founded “Totales Theater”, Austria’s first Fringe Opera Company. After having created this necessity, the city administration of Vienna founded a budget for Fringe Opera.

Since then, many wonderful artists began to work in this city, creating a vibrant and innovative opera scene.

With our opera company “Totales Theater” and later “Schlüterwerke” we created a countless number of various productions in the most exciting venues, drawing a young and curious audience.

We are therefore planning a big anniversary celebration in summer!
I’ll keep you posted!

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Foto Markus Kupferblum

Last but not least I want to inform you about two workshops I’m giving:

6th to 10th of February 2018:
Commedia dell’Arte Workshop

The focus is on the theoretical and practical basics of Commedia dell’Arte, which determine the stories of libretti, plays and screenplays until today.
Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Venue: Tanz*Hotel Wien, Zirkusgasse 35, 1020 Vienna
Fee: 260.-€/200.-€ reduced rate
There are two more places available!

7th of April – 26th of May 2018:
Directing Workshop

Another exclusive directing workshop will take place this spring.
From April 7 to May 26 we will meet every Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. and work on basics of theater-, opera- and film direction.
Since I only take a small number of participants, we can work very precisely on the individual wants and needs of every attendee.
Fee: 980.-€/890.-€ reduced rate

To enroll, please send your application and letter of motivation to: masterclass@kupferblum.com

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It would be wonderful to meet you again soon at any of these occasions!

Yours sincerely
Markus Kupferblum

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