Kammeroper SINUS, 3. Akt
Kammeroper SINUS, 3. Akt
Kammeroper SINUS, 3. Akt
Event (completed)
SINUS Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag

30.06.2017 - 20:30 h to
08.07.2017 - 23:30 h
Tieranatomisches Theater
Philippstr. 12/13, Campus Nord, Haus 3, 10115 B...

Chamber opera June 30th, July 1st and 8th, 8:30 p. m., additional performance on July 13th, 8:30 p. m.

A chamber opera in three acts turns a historical experiment of the polymath Hermann von Helmholtz (1821 – 1894) into a unique performance. Two years ago the artist, composer and researcher Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag developed the three-hour chamber opera SINUS especially for the Tieranatomische Theater’s spectacular neoclassical architecture. SINUS is performed as an extension to Sonntag’s installation SYNTH, on show at the TA T until July 15th. It transforms the rotunda, the library and the anatomy theatre into a huge sounding body.
Taking Hermann von Helmholtz' seminal publication “On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music” (1863) as a foundation, the artist investigates the technical and intellectual origins of modern art and music. Based on Helmholtz’ experiments, Sonntag and his team developed electro-acoustic instruments which will be played live in SINUS, particularly the “Apparat zur künstlichen Zusammensetzung von Vocalklängen”, a vowel synthesizer dating back to the 1850s! The technical roots of dismantling and synthesizing sound and the phantasm of the pure sine wave are in the centre of this exploration. For Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag sound art is spacial art that addresses the percipient's whole body.
The exhibition and installation SYNTH shows a multifaceted collection of sounding instruments and objects, pictures and photos, scores, circuits and acoustic transducers in seven rooms of the Tieranatomische Theater – drawing a line from 19th centuries' physiology to Neue Musik, media theory of the 20th century and contemporary experimental music. The objects come from the historical collection of musical instruments of the Charité, from Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag’s collections as well as his and Sebastian Döring’s research on a synthesizer of the media theorist Friedrich A. Kittler.
Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag and Felix Sattler invite experts and public audiences to discussions, workshops and events about the objects and instruments.
At the same time Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag’s radio opera RUNDFUNK AETERNA – a work commissioned by Documenta 14 – will be broadcasted world-wide. For RUNDFUNK AETERNA Sonntag developed special circuits, too, which make it possible for the artist to receive radio just as the visionaries Marinetti, Arnheim and Brecht.

SINUS – Redux 2017

A chamber opera in 3 acts / 3 rooms / 3 sound architectures will be performed live on three days in June and July. The classical anatomy theatre will be transformed into a “Rausch-Körper” (body of noise). The chamber opera leads the customers through different aesthetic worlds of sound experience and its historical, technical and physiological roots: Laboratories of original and strange instruments, a historical reading and listening room, the foggy sound spaces of the natural scientist John Tyndall, experiences of noise.
More Information on SINUS on www.sonntag-sinus.net.


Admission: EUR 20 / 10 EUR (concession) + booking fee at Eventbrite, tickets at the evening box-office, ticket reservation via e-Mail tat.hzk@hu-berlin.de or via telephone +49 (0) 30 2093 46625 (Tue. till Sat., 2 – 6 p. m.), SYNTH by Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag free entrance (Tuesday – Saturday, 2 – 6 p. m.)

Creators and Performers:
Jowita Figwer (dancer), Lars Gühlcke (experimenter, musician), Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag (experimenter, musician), music recordings: Robin Hayward (microtonal tuba), Ekkhard Windrich (violin) and others.

A Co-production of the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik at Humboldt-Universität of Berlin and Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag. Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Curator: Felix Sattler, Production: Lars Gühlcke.