Montag Modus // This Is the Event and the Event is Many Things @ CHB - Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Berlin [16. April]

Montag Modus // This Is the Event and the Event is Many Things

20:00 - 22:00

CHB - Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin
Montag Modus performance series presents
Felix Mathias Ott – Klavier und Körper
Imre Vass – taking place
Moritz Majce and Sandra Man – Choros IV
Zorka Wollny – The Hearing Trumpet

Under the title 'This Is the Event and the Event is Many Things', Montag Modus showcases a variety of pieces inside and outside of the CHB' 5-storey building: site-specific performances, soundscapes and a spatial choreography.

'This Is the Event and the Event is Many Things' is a theme inspired by Bart de Baere’s process-oriented exhibition 'This Is the Show and the Show is Many Things' which proclaims itself as a portable unit that adopts changing forms over time.*

The event is interested what it means to be in the moment. This process-oriented quality is reflected in the invited works that question the perception of the presence by offering alternative ways of experiencing space, through viewing or sound. They investigate the space and the viewer’s role in it, among a broad range of aesthetic and conceptual consideration.

Montag Modus is a bi-monthly series designed to facilitate the fusion of different artistic genres with a focus on performative art.

Curated by Léna Szirmay-Kalos

***free entry***


PROGRAM | 20:00-22:00

Felix Mathias Ott: Klavier und Körper

'Klavier und Körper' is a performance piece that entwines a duet between piano and the male body. The possibilities of these forms and their relationships to one another are tested, human boundaries explored, always trapped somewhere between frightening confrontation and intimate embrace. Adapted for the layout of the CHB, a projection screen is set up for the audience, which enables a deeper and more expansive reach for the viewer.

Felix’s research began by taking part in Mass /, ‘Archivio Conz’s first public event together with the Performance Agency in the autumn of 2017. A recording that had been lost for decades, recently discovered by chance in the estate of Dadaist Richard Huelsenbeck, marked the starting point of the research. The audio captures artist Rafael Montañez Ortiz destroying a piano with an axe at the London ‘Destruction in Art Symposium’ on 10 September 1966 — a rare document of an art-historically important symposium where the art of deconstruction became visible for the first time as an international trend.

Coproducers: Archivio Conz and The Peformance Agency, Tanzfabrik Berlin, APAP and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union


Imre Vass: taking place

'taking place' takes as much place from space as it weighs; but it would love to get back in shape and lose some kgs of unnecessary preconceptions, smelly meanings and swampy judgements. How do we create space for what is happening in the present when the air is filled with the fluctuating informations of the past and specluations for the future?
'taking place' is thick with still images, fragments of narrative and scenes to occupy the mind in the present as viewers see three moving bodies carve their stories in a space-time vaccum.
The intellectual capacities of the mind have a tendency towards processes that interpret, narrate, interweave and endow with meaning and the piece seeks to explore this dichotomy;
How much does a movement or a gesture weigh? Is there a difference between what we see and what we tell ourselves we see? Are we really what we think?

Concept, Choreography: Imre VASS
Creation, performance: Viktor SZERI, Tamara Zsófia VADAS, Imre VASS
Sound, music: Dávid SOMLÓ
COPRODUCER: Katlan Group
SUPPORTERS: Ministry of Human Recources, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, MU Theatre, New Performing Arts Foundation, SÍN Arts Culture Centre, Workshop Foundation


Moritz Majce and Sandra Man: Choros IV

'Choros' is the title of a performance series created by Moritz Majce and Sandra Man, which discover the relationship between body, perspective and space. The choros comes from a Greek word meaning “ring dance”, referring to an ancient dance that uses a circular dancer formation. In Choros I & II, they worked with a movement choir to create a space using fluid movement around and with the audience; in the Choros III, they filmed a performer in the mountains and explored the possibilities of how to extend the expansive landscape into the auditorium. In Choros IV, they installed a sequence of choreographic films, added speech and sound, and pulled focus on the permeability of being in a particular space through sensory perceptions.

The scaenae frons of ancient Roman theatre forms the initial motif, a painted wall behind the stage that initially disrupts the audience’s view of the landscape behind. As they visually transform each auditorium for the purpose of their series, this collaboration between Moritz and Sandra invites the audience to participate in the act of truly looking.


Zorka Wollny: The Hearing Trumpet

In a series of sound events, ten performers create the atmosphere of 'The Hearing Trumpet', a book written by surrealist painter and novelist Leonora Carrington. The vocal concert aims to alter the perception of space and create a soundscape composed of short etudes, filled with the presence of performers, obstinately repeating names, recalling passages from songs, reciting dates and hours, mumbling, whispering and humming.
This purely acoustic composition by Zorka Wollny explores sound in its purest state, simultaneously bridging and muddling barriers between sound, noise, and music in the contemporary and historical sense.

To the artists:

Felix Mathias Ott is a Berlin-based choreographer. He studied Contemporary Dance, Context and Choreography at HZT Berlin. Since then he has been working as a stage designer, video artist, interpreter (dancing/acting), author and choreographer worldwide. Mathias’ work tends to create reflexive spaces where the spectator is invited to dive into the unconscious world, to exercise their personal creativity in order to recreate a world using the fragments that the surrealistic writing of the artist proposes to him.


Viktor Szeri studied contemporary dance at the new school of Thomas Hauert, La Manufacture in Lausanne and at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy. His work investigates youth culture and various subcultures. Visuality and d.i.y solutions are key elements of his performances.

Tamara Zsófia Vadas dancer and choreographer based in Budapest. She studied Choreography and Dance Pedagogy at
Budapest Dance Academy. For her artistic works a collective creative approach is characteristic. She was awarded the Lábán Rudolf Award for the performance SkinMe.

Imre Vass is a Budapest-based dancer, performer and choreographer. After graduating from the Budapest Comprehensive Dance School in 2007, he has worked with a diverse branch of Hungarian companies and collaborations worldwide. Since 2010 he has produced his own works. With his solo, duo and group pieces he investigates and raises questions about the role of the spectator and the relationship between the audience and the performers.


Moritz Majce is a Berlin and Vienna based visual artist. His work deals with viewing as a spatial experience. Sandra Man is a poet and choreographer who also lives and works in Berlin and Vienna. Her focus is the relationship between text, voice and space. Based on historical designs in visual art and literature, Majce and Man together, try to refine their understanding of choreography as art in space and for several works now, they have created their own genre of “spatial choreography”.


Zorka Wollny creates acoustic compositions for institutions, factories and empty buildings. Her works inhabit a space between art, theatre and contemporary music. Wollny’s collaborative production style often involves public rehearsals and workshops in which she creates structures of cooperation with individuals as well as groups and communities including dancers, students, actors and activists. Her most recent project was «Dissent» — the concert at the opening of CTM Festival Berlin this year.

* 'This Is the Show and the Show Is Many Things' was curated by Bart de Baere in 1994 at Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent. Inspired by its format, in 2008 Gavin Wade organized 'This Is the Gallery and the Gallery Is Many Things' at Eastside Projects in Birmingham.
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