Internationally acclaimed Swedish artist Markus Öhrn has already garnered a great deal of attention with his unmistakeable performances at past editions of the Wiener Festwochen. His latest work draws on the #MeToo movement and investigates instances of abuse in the work environment. For this commissioned work, he has further developed his unconventional dramatic style, masterfully playing with different narrative and dramatic formats. On three consecutive evenings, Öhrn presents atmospherically and aesthetically varied episodes that show everyday work situations suddenly shifting and ultimately ending up in a courtroom. In a new format he calls “silent movie theatre”, where silent film meets live art, he again makes use of the masks that have become something of a trademark for him. One of the world’s leading theremin players, the Austrian Dorit Chrysler, and pianist Arno Waschk, Öhrn’s long-time collaborator, are composing a special musical mood for each episode, which they will perform live on stage in Vienna. This journey into the darkest depths of the human psyche is surreal, highly topical and analytically accurate. A series with an addictive quality!
- Artistic Team
Concept, direction, stage design Markus Öhrn With Dorit Chrysler (composer, Theremin), Arno Waschk (composer, pianist, conductor) Actors Janet Rothe, Jakob Öhrman Masks, costumes, props Makode Linde Text Myra Åhbeck Öhrman Instrument builder Derek Holzer Sound technician Eskil Lövström
Production Wiener Festwochen, Institutet Cofunded by Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a.M.)
With the support of Swedish Arts Council
Premiere May 2019, Wiener Festwochen
Markus Öhrn is a Swedish visual artist, born 1972. He graduated from the Masters of Fine Arts programme at Konstfack in Stockholm in 2008. His video and sound installations as well as performances have been presented both in Sweden and internationally. In 2010, he directed his first theatre performance Conte d’Amour that was awarded the winner price at the Impulse Festival 2011 in Germany and presented at Wiener Festwochen in 2012. In 2015, Markus Öhrn started to work with site specific performances in series. The first piece in this format was the Azdora project for which he founded a Black Metal/Noise band with Italian housewives. In December 2015 he made an advent calendar for Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz with 24 different performances in 24 days. With the highly acclaimed piece Häusliche Gewalt Wien that premiered at Wiener Festwochen in 2018, he was nominated for Austria’s theatre price Nestroy in the category Spezialpreis.