Must it be? It must be! A digital crisis diary on the occasion of the Beethoven Year by Nico and the Navigators and the Kuss Quartet

During the initially scheduled rehearsal period for the Beethoven project "Force & Freedom" a collective crisis diary has been created from mobile phone video material of all participants from the 2nd to the 30th of April 2020. Beethoven's late quartets, associations with the originally chosen themes as well as snapshots of the current exceptional situation were exchanged for this purpose in a whatsapp group and provided the daily basis for the 29 clips.

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Cast & Crew:

Video editing: Nicola Hümpel, Yui Kawaguchi 

By and with: KUSS QUARTET Jana Kuss (violin), Oliver Wille (violin), William Coleman (viola), Mikayel Hakhnazaryan (violoncello), Tobias Weber (guitar and musical adaptations), Yui Kawaguchi Ruben Reniers (dance, choreography), Ted Schmitz (tenor, performer), Patric Schott (performer), Anna Lechner (costume assistance), Alexander Piasente (assistant director), Hendrik Fritze, Sophie Krause (video assistant)

The music theatre production "Force & Freedom", out of which the digital crisis diary was created, is a production of the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele and Nico and the Navigators, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. As part of "BTHVN 2020 - bundesweit", supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. Co-produced by the Konzerthaus Dortmund. In cooperation with radialsystem.

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