Marcus Schmickler
Studio Piethopraxis

Entwurf einer Rheinlandschaft

- 5 remote vocal soloists
- choir
- theatre actors
- 2 conches
- trumpet quartet
- trombone quartet
- percussion
- amateur accordeon orchestra
- 2 boats
- laser beam

- long distance mono PA
- mdedium distance 8ch PA

Duration: ~ 90minutes

Premiere: Monheim Rhine Promenade, 

Draft of a Rhine Landscape is a landscape composition in which the special location of the venue allows the artists to articulate the relationship between near and far, which also represents the relationship between local and global constellations. Contributors will be drawn from the circle of other festival participants as well as from the citizens of Monheim. Thematically, Marcus Schmickler's work reflects the protagonists' relationship to money, power, love and fellow human beings, comparable to classical dramas such as Faust or The Ring. Similar to Rheingold, the prelude to Richard Wagner's Ring tetralogy, the design of a Rhine landscape on the eve of the first edition of the Monheim Triennale prepares the thematic aspects of the entire festival and poses decisive questions to the festival and the citizens of the city.

The location of the festival center K714 on the Rhine with today's industrial monument, a former Shell gas station, bears witness to the structural change of a region, the associated social changes, from medieval trade to industrial production (refinery and chemistry) to the current importance of high-tech, services and dislocal communication. Due to climate change, the abandonment of fossil fuels such as coal and oil is leading to growing ecological awareness, and thus the function of the Rhine is also changing in favor of local recreation. The local behavior of individuals has global effects, both near and far. In addition, the Rhine has always been a strategically important border marker, one of the busiest waterways in the world, a centuries-old center of trade and thus a breeding ground for growth and infrastructure. For DRAFT OF A RHEINLANDSCAPE, the Rhine near Monheim, with its promenade, is transformed for a moment into an open-air scenery. Performers will also be from the community of Monheim.