Psychomachia

2020 | Dancetheatre | Live-Music and Composition

Of the arbitrariness of happiness. I wrote and performed the music for “Psychomachia”, the newest creation fromDustin Klein, choreographer and soloist at Bavarian State Ballet for Origen Festival in Switzerland. Dustin and the dancers of the Bavarian State Ballet deal with the duel of virtue and vice, the whims of fortune, symbolised in the medieval wheel of fortune.

superbia vs. humilitas, idolatria vs. fides, ira vs. paciencia, luxuria vs. temperantia. In Herrad from Landsberg’s 12th century illuminated manuscript Hortus Deliciarum, the Psychomachia illustrations depict the battles between the female vices and virtues. Overseeing these battles is the game show host Fortuna, deciding who will rise and who will fall by spinning the wheel of fortune.

 

Choreography: Dustin Klein
Composition and live music: Simon Karlstetter
Voice and text: Felix von Bredow
Costumes: Louise Flanagan
Dancers (Soloists of the Bavarian State Ballet): Henry Grey, Kristina Lind, Elvina Ibraimova, Maria Chiara Bono, Carollina de Souza Bastos