Christine Gaigg / Philipp Harnoncourt / Bernhard Lang / Winfried Ritsch (A)
Machine shop #1
herbst opening
30% dance
30% composition
30% loop
10% automat

A limited space in which machines make up their own world, that we can observe and analyse, but not influence; whose systems we hear, see and feel, but do not understand. A world to which we are exposed.
Together, choreographer Christine Gaigg, composer Bernhard Lang, computer musician Winfried Ritsch, and light designer and stage designer Philipp Harnoncourt create a cross-genre art work specially for the Helmut List Hall for the opening of steirischer herbst, whose individual elements are connected by invisible threads: the shop, the machines and the people become a meta-machine whose rules determine the processes.
At twelve stations, arranged in series and each consisting of an acoustic panel and an automaton piano, twelve dancers perform in a feedback situation of movement and self-generating sounds. The result is indirect music: the steps on the acoustic panel are translated by a computer and transferred to the keys of the automaton piano, then played back and reinterpreted with human possibilities. In the repetition, the movements formed from the sound material change: new rhythms arise and challenge the dancers’ creativity and precision.
The twelve units correspond to each other, at times soloistic, at others choral, synchronous or contrapuntal – but always unpredictable in sequence and spatial distribution.
The machine pianos have an inherent technical virtuosity of which a human player would be incapable; the dancers then transform – equally masterfully – the machine-generated rhythms into complex, wild-flung or gently suggested adventures in movement. The juxta¬position and co-operation of man and machine is venturesome and full of friction.


Gaigg / Lang / Ritsch / Harnoncourt: Maschinenhalle #1

Christine Gaigg / Philipp Harnoncourt / Bernhard Lang / Winfried Ritsch (A) Biography

Commissioned by steirischer herbst
Project sponsor Think! & AVL Cultural Foundation
Project partner Java Cafe

Fri 24/09 & Sat 25/09, 7.30 pm

22 / 12 €

Talk following the second performance

Shuttle service after the second performance to the festival centre

Christine Gaigg, Bernhard Lang, Winfried Ritsch & Philipp Harnoncourt
Christine Gaigg
Bernhard Lang
Technology & Development
Winfried Ritsch / Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik
Stage & Light
Philipp Harnoncourt
Quim Bigas Bassart, Sara Canini, Ella Clarke, Alexander Deutinger, Christine Gaigg, Robert Jackson, Milla Koistinen, Anna Majder, Asher O‘Gorman, Eva-Maria Schaller, Magi Serra Foraste & Veronika Zott
Peter H. Schindler
Costumes assistance
Ponyboy Curtis
Peter Innerhofer, Matthias Kronlachner & Marian Weger
Maschine construction & Network
Peter Innerhofer, Mario Kafka, Michael Klamminger, Matthias Kronlachner, Mauritio Nielson, Ronny Plattner & Florian Stöffelmayer
Iris Raffetseder

Production director
Dominik Jutz
Kirsten Patent
Technical direction
Hermann Schapek & Martin Schachner
Light engineering
Edith Offenhauser
Audio engineering
Johannes Egger
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