Apparat, aka Berlin-based Sascha Ring, recently unveiled ‘Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre)’, an album of music based on Sebastian Hartmann’s theatre production of Tolstoy’s War & Peace. Sebastian Hartmann is considered one of the big innovators of contemporary German theatre, and asked Ring to contribute to the mammoth project, which was commissioned by the renowned German arts festival Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen.
During the first meetings with Hartmann it became clear that there was no script or anything comparable; Hartmann instead develops the whole text with the entire ensemble. After time with Tolstoy’s original text, Ring returned to Germany and spent four weeks in an old abandoned factory building, rehearsing with a 30-piece ensemble.
“This is anything but conventional theatre,” says Ring. “It’s a free space, where a bunch of freaks can go wild. It starts with the lights and stops with the actual actors. At night, we worked on the music in the empty hall. It was kind of magical.”
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