Danish premiere of Simon Steen-Andersen's masterpiece Inzenierte Nacht / Staged Night from 2013.

SPOR Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015 and has invited one of Danish music life's most rising artists, composer Simon Steen-Andersen, as guest curator. Simon received the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2014.

It is customary in the theatre to update works of the past through their production on the stage. The action is often relocated to another time and place, roles redefined, the story given a new emphasis. Spoken theatre sometimes even changes the text through cuts, reordering of scenes, insertions or parallel narratives.

In the performance of historical musical works there might be many good reasons to retain an authentic, historically justified practice. But assuming that composers, when creating their works, were writing for a contemporary listener, and playing with the expectations and experiences of that particular time and place, wouldn’t it make just as much sense to adopt the approach of the theatre, to try and update the music to the present time, adapt it to the expectations and experiences of the substantially changed, and radically reorientated listener of today?

In Staged Night / Inszenierte Nacht Simon Steen-Andersen takes on the role of director and stage-designer, but more than just setting the stage and the light for a musical performance, he works with the concept of “inner-musical staging” – amplifying, emphasizing and updating ideas, associations and references already present in the historical pieces.
With simple means, but with a humorous virtuosity, he brings together four famous works of classical composers, all related to the theme of “night”:- J.S. Bach, “Schlummert Ein” from the cantate “Ich Habe Genug”
- Schumann’s “Träumerei”
- ”Der Hölle Rache”, the aria of the “Queen of the Night” by Mozart
- Ravel’s “Scarbo” from “Gaspard de la Nuit”, the infamous, almost impossible piano piece based on a poem by Aloysius Bertrand, describing a daemon haunting the humans in their sleep.Performed by ensemble Ascolta

Supported by Nordic Culture Fund and A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal as part of the project ‘Staging New Nordic Music at SPOR 2015’. 

With friendly support from Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.
In collaboration with Bora Bora and Göethe-Institut Dänemark.

After the concert SPOR and Edition S will host a closing reception Bora Bora's foyer.


About Simon Steen-Andersen

Simon Steen-Andersen (b.1976) is a Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions.

Simon Steen-Andersen received numerous prizes and grants - latest the Nordic Council Music Prize and the SWR Orchestra Prize 2014 as well as the Carl Nielsen Prize (DK) and the Kunstpreis Musik from Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2013.

Since 2008 lecturer of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, in 2013-2014 visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and in 2014 lecturer at the Darmstädter Ferienkursen für neue Musik.