Who enjoyed it? Who found it emetic? The issue of taste is the final act of the festival, a separate course on the vast menu. How does the voice of critical reviews shape the way a festival is perceived – and art, experienced? Why are some productions more palatable than others? What ingredients are picked to pieces? Author Maria Muhar and director Sara Ostertag concoct a powerfully eloquent recipe of press comments, hand-picked from the Wiener Festwochen archive, as they digest the tastes of 70 years of festival reviews.
...Insgesamt wirkte das alles abgegriffen, zahnlos, man möchte sagen: innovativ... is one of four works commissioned on the 70-year history of the Wiener Festwochen, for which the festival opened up its archives for research purposes. Inspired by a piece of Festwochen history, local artists are to present one sketch for the stage each, on four consecutive evenings. Artistic explorations of history will be created using various resources such as music, language, stage design, and performance.
The performance is part of MITTEN am Abend, a four-day series that combines lectures, performances and music into a highly diverse programme.