DIE HÖRPOSAUNE upcoming 2022

by Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl and Isabell Spengler

in a visual installation by Nadia Lauro

„DIE HÖRPOSAUNE is a metabolizing landscape. It is impossible to say where it begins or ends. It is a sequence of openings that can absorb and expel. The eye, the ear, the body, the watching and the listening—they all are breathed in with that first inhalation, despite the distance from and mediation through the camera.”  – Luise Meier

DIE HÖRPOSAUNE (The Hearing Trombone) is a film installation that stages a concert in an intimate immersive space. Hearing and breathing don’t happen naturally here, but are instead organized through spherical head-shields and earphone connections. Two performers vocally interpret the three-dimensional content of pop-up books that show the insides of a humans’ body and opulent flower bouquets, by emitting subtle, insalivated and pre-verbal sound. They play to a small audience seated around them in unusual postures of attentive listening. At the end the two performers move in a spaceless room and sing a baroque song in an invented language.

A reappearing musical motif of DIE HÖRPOSAUNE is the baroque “Song of the Cold Genius” by Henry Purcell. This song has been famously performed by the counter tenor and queer icon Klaus Nomi in New York of the 1980’s, while he was already suffering from the effects of HIV. He was one of the first public figures to die within the AIDS pandemic and his interpretation of the song directly anticipated his untimely death. 

The rehearsals to DIE HÖRPOSAUNE by Antonia Baehr and Jule Flierl, accompanied by scenographer Nadia Lauro, started at the beginning of the COVID-pandemic. New questions around the intimacy of being together in shared spaces and of the intrusiveness of sharing breath emerged and fed the imaginary world of the dream-like film installation, realized in collaboration with filmmaker Isabell Spengler. In a surround-sound environment, the film installation offers an experience of remote closeness mediated through exuberant images and tactile vocal sounds. 

Concept, artistic direction & performance: Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl

credits / full cast & crew – DIE HÖRPOSAUNE (The Hearing Trombone)

directed by: Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl, Isabell Spengler

concept: Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl

set in a visual installation by  Nadia Lauro

with: Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl

and: Gretchen Blegen, Carola Caggiano, Am Ertl, Nadia Lauro, Sharon Mercado Nogales, Nara Virgens

costumes: Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl, Nadia Lauro

iSperes : Plastique Fantastique – Yena Young & Marco Canevacci 

lights: Gretchen Blegen

cinematographer: Bernadette Paassen

sound recordists: S. McKenna, Claudia Matthei del Moro

sound and technical manager: Carola Caggiano

production manager: Nara Virgens

stage technicians HAU: Tobias Castorph, Marcus Winterbauer

catering: Matthias Halke

editor: Isabell Spengler

color grading: Till Beckmann

sound design and mix : Jochen Jezussek

additional sound design: Juliana Saragosa

post-production coordinator Isabell Spengler

with compositions by S. McKenna, Henry Purcell, Jule Flierl, Antonia Baehr

music: „Song of the Cold Genius“ by Henry Purcell, (King Arthur, 1684)

in an arrangement by: Christina Anger

text: „Die Luft- L’air, nécessaire à la vie“, Jean-Henri Fabre, 1857

administration: Alexandra Wellensiek / make up productions

internship: Am Ertl, Sharon Mercado Nogales  

thank you: Daniel Adams, Silke Bake, Caroline Böttcher, Pauline Boudry, die Galerie ChertLüdde, Lucile Desamory, Mars Dietz, Stefanie Gaus, Jakob Hauptmann, Nanna Heidenreich, Neo Hülcker, Bettina Knaup, Luise Meier, Ernestine Müller-Loeffelholz, Sophie Watzlawick

a production by make up productions in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin with the support of Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.

The postproduction was supported by DIEHL+RITTER/ TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.