the GAP

Berlin Premiere: February 29, 2020 at Radialsystem / Studio C
"Ideals of reason tell us how the world should be; experience tells us that it is rarely so. Growing up requires us to confront the gap between the two without giving up one of them." (Susan Neiman) What does growing up mean in a world in which human maturity seems to be synonymous with surrender and renunciation? In his solo performance, Michael Rauter draws on the thesis held by American philosopher Susan Neiman: Growing up is an individual process of enlightenment, and seeks the state of productive instability between expectation and result, movement and stagnation, fantasy and reality.

Concept, Direction, Composition & Performance: Michael Rauter
Lyrics: Daniella Strasfogel
Artistic advisor: Laurent Chétouane
Advisor stage design: Ladislav Zajac
Sound design: Johann Günther
Photo documentation: Katya Abramkina

A creation by Michael Rauter / Bob's Company.

THE GAP is part of the fellowship program #bebeethoven, a project
by PODIUM Esslingen for the Beethoven anniversary 2020, supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation.

World premiere: 5. May 2019 at Podium Festival Esslingen
Dutch premiere: 19.&20. May at Operadagen Rotterdam

the wherld

Mini Opera by Michael Rauter
THE WHERLD is a mini opera for 3 singers, synthesiser and double bass. It is based on the text "The Wherld" by Daniil Charms. The premiere took place at the PODIUMfestivalen in Haugesund (Norway) in 2018.

Performance: Lene Rudbæk Romseland (Mezzo-soprano), Siri Kval Ødegård (Soprano), Ole Morten Velde (Tenor), Nikolai Matthews (Double Bass), Michael Rauter (Synthesizer)
Concept, Direction, Composition: Michael Rauter

A production by Michael Rauter / Bob's Company and PODIUMfestivalen
Premiere at PODIUMfestivalen in the Haugesund Billedgalleri: July 28, 2018
photos by katya abramkina
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The Wherld
I told myself that I see the world. But the whole world was inaccessible to my gaze, and I only saw parts of it. And all that I saw, I called parts of the world. And I observed the qualities of these parts and, in observing the qualities of the parts, I was doing science. I understood that there were intelligent qualities of parts and unintelligent qualities of those very same parts. And so I divided them and gave them names. And in accordance with these qualities, the parts of the world were either intelligent or unintelligent.
And there were such parts of the world that were capable of thought. And these parts looked at the other parts, and they looked at me. And all the parts resembled each other, and I resembled them.
And I said: Parts are thunder.
The parts replied: Farts of time.
I said: I'm also part of three turns.
Parts averred: But we're only small points.
And suddenly I ceased them to see them, and then the other parts as well. And I was afraid the world would end.
But then I understood that I do not see the parts individually, but all at once. First I thought that this was NOTHING. But then I understood that this is the world, and that which I saw before was not the world.
And I always knew what the world was, but that which I saw before, I do not even know.
And when the parts vanished, then their intelligent qualities ceased to be intelligent, and their unintelligent qualities ceased to be unintelligent. And the world ceased being intelligent and unintelligent.
But as soon as I understood that I saw the world, I ceased to see it. And I was afraid, thinking the world had ended. But as long as I thought so, I understood that, had the world indeed vanished, then I would no longer be thinking this. And I looked out, seeking the world, but found it not.
And then there was no longer anywhere left to look.
That is when I understood that as long as there was somewhere to look, around me was the world. And now it is no longer. There is only me.
But the world is not me. Though, at the same time,
I am the world.
But the world isn't me.
But I am the world.
But the world isn't me.
But I am the world.
But the world isn't me.
But I am the world.
And then I thought no more.

Daniil Kharms, May 30, 1930

end of the story

Music Theatre Performance by Michael Rauter
END OF THE STORY is a music theatre performance for 4 performers, string instruments, electronics and projectors, inspired by the Russian writer Daniil Kharms and the artist Kazimir Malevich. Both artists can be seen as representatives of the artistic turmoil that characterizes the beginning of the 20th century.
Now, hundred years later, it is worth asking how the artistic visions of these two exceptional artists of the past century are still capable of inspiring our present age.
Based on the works, notes, and real-life circumstances of Kharms and Malevich,
END OF THE STORY is a story about storytelling. Four performers play with expressive forms and melodramatic constellations, so as to question the mechanisms through which meaning is created.
END OF THE STORY is a call for the dictatorship of nonsense!

Performance: Katrin Lohmann, Paul Valikoski, Michael Rauter, Ladislav Zajac
Concept, Direction, Composition: Michael Rauter
Stage and light design: Ladislav Zajac
Sound design: Johann Günther
Dramaturgy & Choreography: Floor van Leeuwen
Additional Composition: Paul Valikoski
Additional Text: Tammin J. Lee
Concept cooperation: Anna Iskina
Production management: Carolin Schulz

A production by Michael Rauter / Bob's Company.
In cooperation with Ballhaus Ost.
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Premiere in Berlin: May 16-17, 2018, Ballhaus Ost
Dutch premiere: May 22-23, 2018, Operadagen Rotterdam,
TR Schouwburg, Krijn Boon Studio

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END OF THE STORY, rehearsals in Berlin
"Lead me on with my eyes blindfolded.
I won't go with my eyes blindfolded.
Untie the blindfold from my eyes and I'll go by myself"

Daniil Kharms
"A man had left his home one day"

Daniil Kharms

"It's clear to me: I just don't like the violin. My favorite solo instruments are the piano and the organ. Especially the piano. But best of all is the chorus"
(1933)

Daniil Kharms
"We stand here and say: Now I have stretched one hand out directly in front of me, and the other hand back. And in the front, I end where the tip of my hand is, and behind me I also end there, where my hand ends. Above, I end at the top of my head, below
at my heels, to the sides at my shoulders. And that is all of me. And what is outside of me, that is
no longer me"

Daniil Kharms
all photos by katya abramkina