Transcription of an error

Experimental music theatre 

Stage direction


World première June 2018
at Musiktheatertage Wien (Vienna)

Composition: Alexander Chernyshkov
Performers: Alessandro Baticci, Volodia Gorlinsky, Annette Schönmüller, Márton Kovács, Dario Fariello, Stefan Voglsinger, Marina Poleukhina

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“There are two things that don’t have to mean anything; one is music, and the other is laughter.” (Immanuel Kant)

In Transcription of an error an acoustic and theatrical atmosphere is created that comes SO deceptively close to reality, that you might think it IS the reality which you are mistaking for a musical piece, except that you are aware that you are wrong.
A musical transcription of reality is taking place, which is a different transcription of reality, which is another transcription in itself. Reality (in a theatrical context) is a mistake. A constructed mistake. A transcribed mistake… a transcription of a mistake.
The performance plays with, and fools our perception and our will to find meaning in everything we perceive. It makes us face our addiction to think, and the absurdity of this addiction.

In this theatrical illusion we continuously stumble upon accurately notated mistakes, so we can never be sure if they are intentional or not. It’s only that we know they ARE. The whole piece could be described as an „investigation into the moment of ‘now’“: there are no fictional characters, nor is there a story; instead the awareness of the audience is brought to the NOW, to the time and space we share.