A Rite of Devotion and Silence

The story

"To find the holy songs for the new year", you told me, "my ancestors all came together in the ceremonial house of their village. All lights in the house were put out. They were sitting absolutely quietly in the darkness, listening into the deep silence. This silence they called Quarrtsiluni. It describes the act of waiting which is about to come into being.

For my ancestors believed that those holy sings were born in silence, coming from the human mind, as if messages ascending from the depths of the sea."
And later that night, Tanaraq, you brought me to one of those houses, similar to the ceremonial houses of the Inuit. For these temples of listening really exist. Hidden in the little lanes of the worldly metropolis, they open their gates exclusively to those who know the secret code ... you entrusted it to me. [...] It is true what you told me then:

"Every loss creates an immense noise within us, seeking to drown out the new melody that has arisen from the silence of the soul."


Conception, screenplay, music & panaural scenes
Steffen Raphael Schwarzer

Set design & stage building
Annette Meyer & Kristjan Meyer-Dobrinski
Light & video titles
Thomas Ploentzke

Eight Performances
Parochialkirche Berlin, 15 April - 7 May 2011

LUMOON – ensemble for nocturnal music
Christiane Mikoleit - vocals
Maximilian Bahr, Jonas Fehrenberg - guitars
Paula Sell - accordeon
Louise Pühn, Katharina Steinbeis - harp
Florian Tippe - bass-clarinet
Steffen Raphael Schwarzer - keyboards
Guido Großmann - double bass
Catrien Stremme - drums & percussion

Nazli Bagci, Janet Glatzer, Melissa Kuna, Erika Kühn, Lucie Lohse, Benjamin Runge, Sophie Schnider, Berit Stegmann, Fabian Wagner, Tobias Wringe - Glass harps
(pupils of the Bertha-von-Suttner-Oberschule Berlin - charge for the group: Erika Kühn)
Martin Offik, Teresa Kunz

Panaural scenes - Speakers
Carmen: Stefanie Peyk
Jean: Jean-Jacques Hoffner
La Majuaq: Annie Kleff
Emilio: Tiberio Snaidero
Francesca: Carlotta Gelsomini
Valentina: Eva Sansone
Grandfather: Steffen Raphael Schwarzer
Herr Rudszinski: Dominik Sobacki
Reciter of a Trakl-poem: Torsten Krüger
Turkish pupils:
Nazli Bagci & Tugce Celep
Director of the jury: Muharrem Bagci
Sara: Caterina Snaidero

Controlling Panaural Soundwork
Brian Krüger

Franziska Rowbury, Alexia Lingenheld, Dominik Sobacki, Nazli Bagci, Tiberio Snaidero

Gernot Kolberg

Social Media
Alexia Lingenheld