engelhorn Mode im Quadrat, O 5, 68161 Mannheim. 4. Etage Mannheim
Starts 9:00 pm / Doors 8:30 pm
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Matthias Brandt : Lesung
Dietmar Wiesner : fl
Art and Eros, impermanence and humiliation, age and youth—the novella “Death in Venice”, first published in 1912, leads to the core of Thomas Mann’s oeuvre like perhaps no other piece of work. The Nobel Prize winner himself wanted writer Gustav von Aschenbach’s story, who became slave to a beautiful young boy in cholera afflicted Venice, to be understood as a “Tragedy of degradation”. A tragedy structured like a classical drama, leading us into the writer’s abysses: a stern spirit, defined only by his work, is swept away by passion in the moment when death nested in him—Mann calls this the “debauchery of doom”. This evening at the Modehaus Engelhorn, Matthias Brandt will dedicate himself to this highly artistic novel “Death in Venice”. His voice, consistently changing from melancholic to ironic, from sensual to laconic, will transport us into early 20th century Venice, just before the beginning of the First World War. The novella will also experience a musical interpretation—in a dialogue with the flutist Dietmar Wiesner, who co-founded the Ensemble Modern and has been composer for several musical theatre products. A seductive journey into decadence.