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Special: Beethoven 2020


We’ve all probably got some Beethoven clichés and images of Beethoven (and his head) kicking around in our own heads. But in this jubilee year of 2020, we’re aiming our gazes far beyond the usual notions of this famous Viennese-by-choice: Just who was this pianist, composer, artist, human being?

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On the Art of Playing Dead

Those who become professional actors necessarily end up developing a certain relationship with death.Romeo drinks poison and Juliet stabs herself with a dagger; Stella drinks poison and Fernando shoots himself; Woyzeck murders Marie in a fit of bloodlust with countless stabs of a knife; Ferdinand kills Luise and himself with poison...

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An interview with Shzr Ee Tan

Shzr Ee Tan was a panellist in the discussion addressing the themes of human rights, equality, and anti-discrimination” held on 10 December 2019 at the mdw.

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Alumni in Focus: Avedis Kouyoumdjian

This year will see the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna held for the 16th time. Its sixth edition, which took place around 40 years ago, was won by an exceptional young musician who can now look back upon an outstanding career as a concert pianist, chamber musician, and university professor: we’re talking about the mdw’s own Avedis Kouyoumdjian.

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Mulier fortis: The Revival of a Baroque-Era Jesuit Drama

In 2019, we celebrated 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Austria, and thus one and a half centuries of eventful history that have witnessed the complete transformation of the notion of an Austrian state as well as Japan’s transformation from a “developing country” into a leading industrial power.

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“The Body as a Stage”: Learning from Aleksandar Acev at the Max Reinhardt Seminar

“The body already does a lot of things right on its own; the training that we do here acts as a ‘helping hand’,” says Aleksandar Acev, who’s been a professor of basic physical training and physical theatre at the Max Reinhardt Seminar since this October.

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The 2020 “Long Night of Research” at the mdw’s exil.arte Centre

Austrian musicologist Gerold W. Gruber is the founder and head of the mdw’s exil.arte Centre. exil.arte functions as a point of contact and interface for research on as well as the reception, preservation, and presentation of works by Austrian composers, musicians, and music researchers who were deemed “degenerate” by the Third Reich.

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