Karin Schäfer Figuren Theater and Merlin Ensemble (A)

IBERIA - A Visual Concert

Monday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

Ages 12+
Duration: 60 minutes


IBERIA combines theatre, concert, and visual arts: Karin Schäfer has created a visual image arch to this impressively beautiful music and is inspired by numerous visual artists’ styles and works which she then transforms into moving pictures in a way that is equally trenchant and humorous.

Till Alexander Körber has adapted the masterpiece by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, written around 1908, for piano and violin and, together with Martin Walch, interprets this "passionate homage to virtuosity".

Music, puppets, masks, videos, shadows and animated film merge into a Gesamtkunstwerk which illustrates Albeniz's masterpiece and allows the audience to experience it vividly.

Actors: Karin Schäfer, Almut Schäfer-Kubelka, Adriana Zangl
Director: Karin Schäfer
Puppet and scenery design: Karin Schäfer, Peter Hauptmann, Gudrun Blumenschein, Sarah Lumen Heine, Zoe Marvie, Michaela Zirg, Monika Freyer, Phillipp Luftensteiner, Boris Schäfer, Almut Schäfer-Kubelka
Music: Isaac Albéniz
Arrangement and piano: Till Alexander Körber
Violin: Martin Walch

About the group:

The Karin Schäfer Figurentheater is an independent theatre from Austria with performances in over 45 countries. Using various forms of theatre, dance, puppets, masks, animated films, light and shadow, and projections Karin Schäfer creates her very special form of "visual theatre". She has received broad international recognition for her work and has won numerous prizes and awards. This regularly leads her and her team to guest performances and festivals around the globe.

The Merlin Ensemble Wien (MEW) was founded in 1991. Initially a musical octet, including members of the “Chamber Orchestra of Europe”, MEW now counts more players, so the ensemble can perform in many different variations.

till koerber 200Till Alexander Körber was born in Tübingen. He studied piano, conducting, and accompaniment at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg/Breisgau. From 1990 to 1995 he was a student of Hans Petermandl at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. As pianist and composer, he has won several prizes, including an interpretation prize for contemporary music at the Concours Européenne in 1989, first prize at the Austro Mechana in 1991 and the second and third prize at the "Guido d'Arezzo" and Mozarteum Salzburg composition competitions in 1997.

martin walch 200Martin Walch was born in Innsbruck. He studied violin with Sándor Végh and Michael Schnitzler and visited Yehudi Menuhin’s and Nathan Milstein’s master classes. He is head of the MEW and member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.