Dietmar Flosdorf
Listening - the Birth of Music?

In German there are many synonyms for listening, however there is no one word that describes what happens when people make music or improvise together: a quality of communication that presupposes listening as an intrinsic part of the process, but which cannot denote pure "listening" in the sense of focused attention or even motionlessness, i.e. full concentration, on "hearing".
But is this not precisely the prerequisite and the fascination of making music? Isn't this even the prerequisite for the fact that music could be given birth to by people...? How can we succeed in conveying this experience to people who may have no previous musical knowledge or instrumental skills?
The workshop aims, in a shared process, to show ways that this can work. A conceptually low-threshold approach will be taken.

The workshop is conducted primarily in German.


Cathy Milliken
“Night Shift":  a participatory perspective on Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

What are the workings of a participatory-art work? How can audience participation be incorporated into a concert format? This workshop focuses on investigating themes and ideas for participatory musical formats. Cathy Milliken will include theoretical and practical insights into her current project “Night Shift”, which is a CONNECT project co-produced by Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Remix Ensemble Porto and Asko Ensemble, Amsterdam and funded by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

The workshop is conducted in English.


Viola Schmitzer
#around the concert – Playing. Experiencing. Creating.

For everyone who is interested in gaining a deeper insight into one or two specific main topics of the STEGREIF.orchester.
It can be through making music together, improvising or choreographic elements — the #rundums Konzert workshop provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Stegreif- experience.
How does a more active concert audience develop into participation at eye level and offer all the senses something new to discover.

- Warm-up and exercise
- improvisation
- hear, see, feel
- explore classical music

The workshop is conducted in German.


Kate Whitley
Can classical music be created by communities?

One of the reasons many attempts to attract new audiences to classical music struggle is that they only give power and ownership to those who are already involved. One way to change this could be changing how classical music is made. Can professionals and communities create music together? What happens when we do this? Composer Kate Whitley from the Multi-Story Orchestra, which performs in car parks across the UK, leads an interactive workshop exploring this question.

The workshop is conducted in English.


Hanne Pilgrim & Adrián Artacho
Rethinking Videoconference: lesser evil or greater opportunity?

Can we use the medium of videoconferencing to provide a creative environment in which collaborative artistic practice is possible? 
How can the relationships between actors and an audience be re-explored or even new audiences be addressed via videoconferencing?

Based on their work on the artistic research project “Social d[ist]ancing: development of a networked artistic practice out of confinement”, MDW researchers invite the participants to interact, explore and improvise in the Zoom Gallery.
While the first session of this three-part workshop focuses on creative interaction within Zoom events, the second session explores the potential of the webcam as an engagement tool in dialogue with music.

In this second session, we will introduce a new audience engagement tool that can be used to playfully transform online events into collective performances. The three sessions of the workshop are highly practical from start to finish, culminating in a final collective performance on the last day of the conference, where anyone and everyone is invited to participate. More information can be found at:

The workshop is conducted in English.