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Into the Open – Music Festival 2024

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  • Jan 23 2024 | 7:30 PM h - 12:00 AM h


Into the Open – Music Festival takes place from January 23rd to 28th, 2024, at the Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck in Berlin, showcasing exceptional young musicians in unique ensemble formations alongside renowned artists from diverse genres such as acting, NFT video art, dance, and electronic music. Our vision is to reimagine classical music in exciting settings, creating 'multimedia concert experiences' that engage all senses. 

Upon entering the Kühlhaus, an exciting journey into unknown dreamscapes named ITO Experience commences, guided by video installations, visual arts, electronic sounds and delights from the bar. The staging of the entrance ritual is an integral part of the festival concept. The video installations in the basement are being developed by the 'digital artist' Christopher Hönninger. Through videomapping by video and light artist Francois Schwamborn, the interior of the Kühlhaus Berlin transforms each day into a unique and spectacular backdrop. 


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For the second Berlin edition, a total of 6 concerts will feature esteemed institutions and names such as Martina Gedeck, the Barenboim-Said Academy, the vision string quartet, and the Staatsoper Berlin collaborating with representatives from the 'Free Scene,' including underground icon Ion Ludwig or street-style dancer Tamisha A. Guy, from New York City. This will be complemented by European influences from Lithuania, France and Georgia, along with two world premieres of compositions specially written for our festival, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of Into the Open. 

Into the Open will, for the first time, commission two works to the French composer Samir Amarouch and the Chinese composer Ying Wang. 'Mouvement' by Samir Amarouch is an interdisciplinary piece for soprano saxophone, electric guitar, microtonal accordion, and 3 dancers, offering a reflection on perception, form, and time. 'Double Wings' is an audiovisual concept by Ying Wang for two identical instruments and two video projections. Additionally, in collaboration with the prominent DJ and producer Ion Ludwig and the Stegreif - Improvising Orchestra, an electroacoustic performance project inspired by the drone music of the 1950s-60s is in development. 


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Despite complex times, we have successfully expanded our festival. Starting next year, we will be able to present festival editions annually in Berlin, Tbilisi, Vilnius, and Strasbourg. This significant step also involved a name change: 'Ins Offene..!' became 'Into the Open.' 

For further information about the festival and the program, please visit

Into the Open is planned and conceptualized by RCCR Projects GmbH in Berlin in collaboration with Kühlhaus Berlin and the support of the European Commission and the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion Berlin




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Tue, 23.01.2024, 19:30h 
OPENING – vision string quartet x Francois Schwamborn (videomapping)
Works by Mendelssohn and from the album Spectrum 

The opening performance commences with Mendelssohn's second string quartet in A minor, composed by the prodigious talent at a mere 18 years old, standing alongside his Octet as a paradigm of Mendelssohn's youthful genius. What captivates is the array of references and parallels to the "Übermensch," Beethoven, who passed away in Vienna in 1827, the same year the A minor quartet was composed. The second string quartet can be perceived as a homage from the young Mendelssohn to the legendary Beethoven, interwoven with allusions, notably to Beethoven's late String Quartet op. 132 in the same key of A minor.

Following this classical homage, a vibrant shift occurs: the "visions" transform their guise to present pieces from their album, Spectrum. What lies ahead is a musical odyssey unrestrained by boundaries, marked by personal experiences, encounters both new and old, and delicate impressions drawn from diverse cultures. Solely wielding their four string instruments, they craft an entire auditory universe—from guitar, ukulele, and bass to bongos or even a complete drum set.

Wed, 24.01.2024, 19:30h 
Orchesterakademie & Opernstudio der Staatsoper Berlin x Tamisha A. Guy (dance)
Works by Mozart, Gabrieli, Psathas, Cangelosi & Debussy 

Thu, 25.01.2024, 19:30h 
Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie 
Works by Lucier, Venables & Kagel 

Transcendence – nothing is as it seems! In the three pieces presented by the IEMA Ensemble 2023/24, seemingly well-defined material is questioned on diverse levels. Alvin Lucier's "Nothing is real (Strawberry Fields)" from 1990 for piano, teapot, cassette recorder, and miniature sound system gradually transforms the piano from a classical instrument into a resonating space. Philip Venables' "Illusions" (2015/2017) engages a video featuring performance artist David Hoyle, an icon in England's LGBTQIA+ movement, in dialogue with the live ensemble, intensifying and commenting on the "rant" even further. Finally, in Mauricio Kagel's "Ludwig van - Homage to Beethoven" from 1969, the ensemble is tasked with conceptualizing the work before the performance: original Beethoven quotations are collaged, and the instrumentation is entirely free. Thus, music history becomes a fleeting surface of reflection—each performance is unique!

Fri, 26.01.2024, 19:30h 
Part 1: Lithuanian Academy for Music & Theatre x Martina Gedeck (acting)
Part 2: World premiere of “Mouvement“ by Samir Amarouch/Zoé Lakhnati

Works by Berio, Balkatas, Mamlok & Dvorak 

Sat, 27.01.2024, 19:30h 
Part 1: Barenboim-Said-Akademie, Michael Barenboim (violin) 
Part 2: Stegreif – The improvising orchestra x Ion Ludwig (Modular Synthesizer)
Works by Mozart, Schönberg, Brahms & Drone-Music 

Sun, 28.01.2024, 17:00h & 20:00h 
AFTERSONG: Shavnabada Chor (Georgia) 
Traditional Georgian vocal music accompanied by historical instruments from the region Ying Wang:
Double Wings for two cellos and video projections (World Premiere) 


Doors open for concerts daily 1 hour before the event starts. 



Luckenwalder Straße 3 
10963 Berlin 



Concerts: €25 / €16 reduced 
Festivalpass: €50 / €30 

Tickets available at all well-known presale locations 
and at: 


Artistic Director: Nikolaus Rexroth 
Design: sTudio hanLi 

Press Contact: Rafael Sergei / Tel. +49 159 04798727




Cover, fig. 1Into the Open 2023, Photo: Daniel Wetzel.

fig. 2: François Schwamborn, Rotationen, 2018, Staarbruecken, Foto: Daniel Hausig.

fig. 3: Denis Davydov, Lola (from the series JONIM), 2022. Courtesy of the Artist.

fig. 4: Flavio de Marco, Paesaggio (Orto botanico in Tbilisi con Tsintsadze), 2017.



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