The German national anthem plays and the black, red and gold flag flies in the air. What are the emotions that this arouses? What do we do with this symbol and its historical associations? LOVESONG risks pathos, but it changes the anthem and interweaves it with other material until there is no longer any chance of being overcome by hollow emotion.
No spoken language.
With audio description in German language (on request).
Concept, music, scenography: Daniel Dominguez Teruel
Voice: Mona Steinwidder, Nouri
Cornet: Lilli Pätzold
Sackbut: Alexandra Mikheeva, Dalton Harris, Sabine Gassner
Electric guitar: Homero Alonso Langbein
Flags: Hans Konrad, Felix Schlaich, Lisa Schlaich, Gerhard Schlaich, support: Ines Schlaich
Performance of dove: Mia Hadžikadunić, Daniel Dominguez Teruel
Artistic collaborator, styling: Golo Pauleit
Dramaturgical advice: Adnan Softić
Technical direction, Lighting technician: Florian Vitez
Sound technician: Benjamin Kurz
A production by Daniel Dominguez Teruel in co-production with the festival Hauptsache Frei, Hamburg. Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg, the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Rudolf Augstein Foundation and the revivals and touring fund of the umbrella organization for independent performing arts in Hamburg, on behalf of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’s Ministry of Culture and Media. With generous support from HALLO: Verein zur Förderung raumöffnender Kultur e.V.
The Fahnenschwinger Konstanz e.V., were founded in 1990 as part of the Niederburg fanfare procession and are among the most famous flag wavers in Europe. They have performed at state receptions, opening ceremonies for both European and World championships and medieval tournaments, and have also been awarded numerous prizes at international festivals and competitions. As multiple German Champions and World Champions they hold several world records.
Sabine Gassner was born in Prien am Chiemsee in 1991 and studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies in Vienna. In 2012 she started a Bachelor’s degree in Trombone at Würzburg University of Music before moving in 2014 to study with Prof. Henning Wiegräbe at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart, where she also completed a Master’s from 2017 to 2019. She followed this with complementary studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Catherine Motuz. Sabine Gassner works both in Germany and internationally.
Mia Hadžikadunić is an artist and performer from Rijeka who has a strong connection with Hamburg. In her native city she works as a radio presenter with the community station Radio Roža and as a DJ and programmer at Club Manual. She began her theatrical career in 2014 as a member of the non-verbal theatre Dr. Inat in Pula and has continued to develop since then through a range of performances and dance forms, including projects at the K3 – Choreography Centre at Kampnagel. She feels it is important that the platforms and programmes in which she takes part as a performer create and maintain spaces that deal with significant political realities.
Dalton Harris graduated in Tenor and Bass Trombone in North Carolina and New Mexico. In New Mexico he was awarded a position with the Sandia Brass Quintet. He has performed throughout America (North and South) in numerous orchestras, jazz bands, new music ensembles and as a soloist. While studying for his bachelor’s degree, he learned to play the sackbut. In 2018 he then moved to Bremen, to study with Wim Becu at the University of the Arts, where he specialised in tenor and bass sackbut. He has performed in both Europe and America as a soloist and with the most prestigious ancient music ensembles. In 2022 Dalton Harris is delighted to have a full calendar of concert engagements spanning Europe, North and South America with ancient music and the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble.
Alexandra Mikheeva studied Trumpet at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, where she developed a great interest in ancient music, historical instruments and historical performance practices. In 2012 she moved to Bremen, to study the Baroque trumpet with Susan Williams at the University of the Arts HfK Bremen. There she also took regular sackbut lessons. Since then, Alexandra has regularly appeared as a member of various different celebrated Baroque orchestras and ancient music ensembles such as Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra and La Festa Musicale. Since 2015 she has run the sackbut ensemble “Sua dolce maestà”, which appears regularly at international festivals such as Oude Muziek Utrecht, MA Festival Brügge and Rigas Svetki. With her colleague Laura Dümpelmann she founded “Das Ensemble auf lauten Renaissance Instrumenten – Hans Pfeyfferey” in 2020 which works near Bremen and Magdeburg. She also co-devised Lilli Pätzold’s series of historical tower music in Bremen in 2021.
Nouri comes from a musical family – music has been with him his entire life. He trained as a singer in Damascus. Nouri has lived and worked in Hamburg since 2016, giving regular concerts with various different ensembles. After training as a chef, since 2022 he has mainly worked as a chef in a star restaurant.
Lilli Pätzold initially studied the recorder with Peter Holtslag at HfMT Hamburg. She won a scholarship from Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and was also awarded the Masefield Concert Scholarship by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung and the Berenberg Bank Scholarship. Her long-standing collaboration with composers from the Hamburg region and beyond has led to a comprehensive collection of new solo and chamber music pieces for the recorder and, more recently, also for the cornet. In 2018 she decided to go to Bremen to study the cornet with Gebhard David. Since then, she has played with the European Hanseatic Ensemble 2021 directed by Manfred Cordes, as well as with Elbipolis, the Monteverdi Choir and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Her special interest is currently the professional group of city pipers in the 17th century and earlier. In the late summer of 2021, she performed a series of tower music with colleagues at the church of Unser Lieben Frauen in Bremen.
Golo Pauleit studied Fashion Design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin- Weißensee (BA) and at the der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel (MA). His bachelor work was awarded the 2018 Mart Stam Prize. After completing his masters in Switzerland, he returned to Berlin, where he now works as a designer.
Mona Steinwidder lives and works in Hamburg as a musician and freelance artist. She completed her diploma in Visual Communication at the HfbK Hamburg with distinction. She has participated as a musician on a project basis in music theatre productions, multimedia works and dance performances since 2004 and has co-founded several labels including I saw Music and STSTST. In addition to her solo project Mohna she is also part of the experimental pop band Me Succeeds and has collaborated for several years with the electronica producer Christian Löffler. Since 2017 she has developed a multi-disciplinary solo project entitled ‘Museum of No Art’. She is currently engaged in an artistic research project ‘A Post-Female Voice’. She has performed a large number of concerts and tours – including the USA, France, Italy, Israel, Georgia, Poland, Czechia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland as well as the main hall at the Elbphilharmonie, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Columbiahalle Berlin and Kampnagel in Hamburg.
Daniel Dominguez Teruel works with music, performance and installation. He studied Musicology and Music Informatics in Freiburg, Karlsruhe and Barcelona, as well as Multimedia Composition in Hamburg. Since 2018, he has devised formats and settings for music theatre that deconstruct the German national anthem as an acoustic monument. Performances and installations have been seen at venues including ZKM Karlsruhe, EMW Shanghai, Destellos Foundation Buenos Aires, HAU Berlin, PHONOS Barcelona, EMAF Osnabrück, Kampnagel and the Elbphilharmonie.
With 12 years of professional experience and over 1,000 completed performances, Florian Vitez has considerable experience in the fields of production and project management. This spans a wide spectrum from international visiting productions in Germany to a range of projects in other countries including France, England and Switzerland. He has worked on touring productions, new productions, concerts, congresses and trade fairs, which has enabled him to rise to many challenges and continually expand his horizons. Complex financial planning and reporting have also become a further core competence over the years.