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Spellbinding fusion of music and visuals brings E.T.A. Hoffmann’s haunting tales to life

“a must-see of the season”

Luxemburger Wort on Der Sandmann

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Judit Varga / Nachtstücke (2022)

Gerald Resch / Doubles (2022)

Nuno Lobo / Aus dem öden Haus kam die Hexadactyl Hand (2023)

Bianca Bongers / Bis die Sonne aufgeht…  (2023)

Duo Mader/Papandreopoulos (finalists Dutch Classical Talent 2022), Fly Theatre and four composers present an audiovisual interpretation of the story collection Nachtstücke (The Night Pieces) by German writer and composer E.T.A. Hoffmann. These classic horror stories, pregnant with doom and obsession, form the basis for a fascinating gesamtkunstwerk.

Four composers wrote pieces for piano and saxophone based on Hoffmann’s dark and sinister work. Visual artist Maxime Weinmann creates live projections that create a play of light and shadow with the space and the performers.

Der Sandmann is a co-production of Duo Mader/Papandreopoulos, Gaudeamus and Mierscher Kulturhaus (LUX) and was created with support from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Bundesministerium für Kunst und Kultur.

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Gerald Resch

Composer in Residence 2020 Davos Festival performanced by Klangforum Wien, Vienna Symphony
Orchestra, Nieuw Ensemble a.o., winner Austrian State Stipend for Composition in 2003 and 2017, the Erste Bank Composition Prize in 2011 and the Hamburg Tonali Composition Prize in 2012


Judit Varga

Tonali19 composer prize 2019 a.o, commissioned by Hungarian State Opera, performed at Wien Modern, Cité de la musique Paris, Juilliard School of Music in New York, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, collaboration with ensembles such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, nominee of the Austrian Academy of Films in the category of “Best Soundtrack”

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Nuno Lobo

Young Composer In Residence Casa Da Musica Porto, commissioned by Porto Symphonic Orchestra, Dutch National Opera, Remix Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble and Gaudeamus

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Bianca Bongers

Festivals like Gaudeamus Muziekweek, November Music, Ultraschall Berlin, Kurt Weill Fest – Live broadcasts at NPO Radio 4, NTR Podium – Selected participant at i.a. Lucerne Festival Composer Seminar 2017, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt 2018, International Ensemble Modern Academy 2019

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