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Mimesis: Nothing is alien between us…

A Radio Play by the Trickster Orchestra (2021)

“‘I am a being of liquefaction,’ said the water tiger.”

Monika Rinck, 2021

Mimesis is imitation, representation, or re-enactment. An ancient Greek concept that has been incorporated into the European and Asian arts of music, painting, and literature in manifold ways. Since the origins of these concepts, artistic imitation not only represented, but also created new realities. Nature knows mimicry, as well – it condenses entire ecosystems. It’s a space of approximation and trickery. This radio play presents new mythological tricksters from the pen of author Monika Rinck. It explores mimesis and its potential for imagining future worlds. For this, musicians immerse themselves in sonic improvisations that engage with activist and literary thoughts by Max Czollek, Kübra Gümüşay, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, and Emilia Roig.

To get a look behind the scenes, check out this making of MIMESIS created by Florian Schmuck:

This radio play was broadcast first on November 30, 2021 in SWR2 Radio.

Monika Rinck’s text is titled: Buoyancy: DRIFTING TRICKSTER

Illustration: Steffen Bergemann

 

Lineup

Artistic Director Cymin Samawatie
Ketan Bhatti
Text Monika Rinck
Dramaturg Elisa Erkelenz
Philip Geisler
Director Ketan Bhatti
Recording & Sound Martin Ruch
Narrators Heinrich Horwitz
Christian Kerepeszki
Monika Rinck
Laina Schwarz
Samira Schwarz
Spoken Contributions Max Czollek
Kübra Gümüşay
Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Emilia Roig
Vocals Cymin Samawatie
Sheng Wu Wei
Nay Mohamad Fityan
Recorders Susanne Fröhlich
(Paetzold-)Flutes Tilmann Dehnhard
Clarinet Mona Matbou-Riahi
Bass Clarinet & Electronics Milian Vogel
Trumpet Lina Allemano
Kanun Bassem Alkhouri
Koto Naoko Kikuchi
Piano Niko Meinhold
Viola Martin Stegner
Cello Anil Eraslan
Double Bass Ralf Schwarz
Electronics Simon Stockhausen
Drums Ketan Bhatti
Conductor Cymin Samawatie
Editor SWR2 Michael Rebhahn