In The Year Of The Metal Ox

donaufestival – April 30 – May 5 and May 7 – 9, 2021

"In The Year Of The Metal Ox”

The Chinese zodiac sign for the year 2021 serves as a code word for a donaufestival in the wake of a pandemic that has escalated social breakpoints and fronts and provoked unimagined artistic approaches to corporeality, intimacy, and collectivity. We interpret the impossible machine-animal of the metal ox as – despite everything – a libidinous imagination. The title alludes, on the one hand, to the 2020 donaufestival programme, whichframedthe seductive-sinister potential of a network society of human and nonhuman actorsunder the title Machines Like Us. On the other, In The Year Of The Metal Ox refers to a state of emergency for the donaufestival between planability and improvisation, which, besides the forgone presentations of 2020, sets the stage for a wealth of new projects forged in the lockdown days of our present age.

With SOPHIE, MOON DUO, BLACK MIDI, GIRL BAND; MASMA DREAM WORLD, DEENA ABDELWAHED, ROSA ANSCHÜTZ, ARIEL EPHRAIM ASHBEL & FRIENDS “Fire walk with me” (performance, commissioned work / world premiere), STEFAN KAEGI: Temple du présent. Solo for an Octopus (Austrian premiere), METAHAVEN “Chaos Theory” (video installation, commissioned work / world premiere in cooperation with Kunsthalle Krems), JAMES BRIDLE (lecture), and many more.

Due to the current situation, programme release and start of ticket sales only in April 2021.

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