SSI



Spatial Sound
Institute


CASTOR && POLLUX


Lukas Rehm, Lisa Charlotte Friederich and Jim Igor Kallenberg


Castor&&Pollux, is a music theatre piece for ensemble, audience, video and 4DSOUND that revolves around central aspects of human life: love, togetherness, death, transcendence and memory.

Reaching back to the ancient myth of two uneven twins, the mortal Castor and the immortal Pollux, the project reaches out to futuristic utopia conceived in the Silicon Valley, where the species is redeemed into an infinite existence. In the here and now, both myth and utopia strike roots in the joint endeavours of engineers, physicists and neuroscientists trying to reconstruct the most complex organ known to man in the EU research framework of the ‘Human Brain Project’.

The project seeks a very existential mutual core crossing time-periods and aesthetics. With elements of the opera Castor et Pollux (1737/1754) by Jean-Philippe Rameau as one starting point, the artistic formation consisting of Lisa Charlotte Friederich , Lukas Rehm  and Jim Igor Kallenberg  will juxtapose the qualities of Baroque music, performed “in-the-flesh” with the affective potentiality of new digital compositions for the 4DSOUND system. Music, stage performance and moving image will interplay with human conceptuality and mannerisms as well as machine intelligence to create an immersive experience.

Set in the auditorium of one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Heidelberg, the 4DSOUND System will offer two modi of reception: a »passive God's perspective« by looking at the play from the ranks, or the experience of an „involved God“ on stage. The idea for »Castor&&Pollux« has been conceived in 2017 in the newly installed »Laboratorium«, the research & development center of the international music festival Heidelberger Frühling, and will be premiered during the 2019 edition of the festival.



A production by Heidelberger Frühling in partnership with SAP and Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling.

In cooperation with Spatial Sound Institute Budapest, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Neuromorphic Computing Platform of Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Génération Baroque and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.