16 Scenes for a Forest

By Haug / Wetzel

When "Die Judenbuche" (The Jew's Beech) by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was first published in 1842, it was in 16 parts for a journal and had the subtitle "Ein Sittengemälde aus dem gebirgichten Westfalen" (A portrait of morals from the hills of Westphalia). Today the text is a classic of world literature. In the park of Hülshoff Castle in Westphalia, this text is now the starting point for an installation: a mixture of radio play, film and contemplation of nature.
 
The installation is part of the two-year project "Living with the Ghosts (haunting|heritage)" by Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature (CfL). It addresses the question of how the work of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff can be re-read as a national cultural heritage in an increasingly diverse society.
 
With the voices of: Christoph Bornmüller, Gerd Brendel, Dagmar Cassens, Heiko Daniels, Bettina Grahs, Vassilis Koukalani, Lorenz Krieger, Jacques Malan, Mia Rainprechter, David Ristau, Hilmar Wittler, a.o.
 
Concept, text, sound: Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel
Video: Marc Jungreithmeier
Sound, Mixing: Frank Böhle
Technical direction: Patrick Tucholski
Assistance: Lisa Homburger
Collaboration audio editing: Steffen Tielcke
Technical equipment, forestry: Klaudiusz Schimanowski
Production management CfL: Sophie Stroux
Production management RP: Vera Nau
 
Oriental music: Aspa Anogiati (lyre, bendir, musical advice and arrangement), Badee Alhindi (violin, rebab, cello) Ahmad Almir (oud), Özlem Yilmaz (ney).
Using Nisiotikos Chorus (Traditional), To Minore Tis Avis (Traditional), Franz Schubert: Gute Nacht.
 
"Living with the Ghosts (haunting|heritage)" is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the programme "Regionales Kultur Programm NRW" (Regional Cultural Programm NRW), by the Commerzbank Foundation and the Kunststiftung NRW.
 
"16 Scenes for a Forest" is a co-production of Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature with Rimini Apparat and is supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Ministry of Culture and Science of NRW and the Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste.
 
Presented by Kultur.West and taz. die Tageszeitung.
 
Thanks to Kunsthalle Mannheim, Pia Goebel, Anja Heizer, das Nationaltheater Mannheim, Dominika Siroka.