world premiere
in December 2021

Der Mann der sich Beethoven nannte

by Moritz Rinke/Mathias Schönsee (direction) and Cymin Samawatie/Ketan Bhatti/Niko Meinhold/Trickster Orchestra (music).


Due to the pandemic regulations all show dates of December 2020/January 2021 had to be cancelled. We are happy to present the show in November 2021!

The end of the Beethoven year 2020: The Berlin Philharmonic Hall is destroyed, the orchestra finds itself covered in dust and wearing breathing masks in front of the devastated building, and in the midst of all this an odd stranger claims to be Beethoven himself. While the star conductor ruthlessly tries to keep all the orchestra’s concert dates and a young musician rebels against this autocrat, the man who calls himself Beethoven pursues the goal of reworking not only his Promethean works with a humanistic mission, but all of humanity as well:

A furious and winking reckoning with a society that even after the Enlightenment does not seem to have become one bit wiser. Under attack is a (high) culture that, instead of artistic creation, only focuses on its commodity value and a world that systematically destroys its natural habitat. Thus Beethoven, the maestro and the young woman engage in a verbal battle about what it means to recognize the human being in a human being. After all, how is it possible that an artificial intelligence has finished composing fragments of his compositions and this is sponsored by a large telecommunications company?

The award-winning author Moritz Rinke, director Mathias Schönsee and the transcultural Trickster Orchestra weave humorous drama with Beethoven’s musical cosmos – and in doing so challenge Western White European music history in an unheard-of way.

Musical Direction: Ketan Bhatti and Cymin Samawatie | Direction: Mathias Schönsee | Dramaturgy: Bernhard Glocksin and Änne-Marthe Kühn | Scenography: Rebecca Raue
Assistant to the Director: Anna Pechtl | Assistant to the Scenographer: Anne Laure Jullian de la Fuente | Direction Intern: Nelly Sophie Paul

With: Maya Alban-Zapata, Hansa Czypionka, Christian Kerepeszki, Cymin Samawatie and the musicians of Trickster Orchestra Naoko Kikuchi, Sabrina Ma, Niko Meinhold, Ralf Schwarz, Cymin Samawatie, Milian Vogel, Wu Wei

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Photo: © Matthias Heyde