The Rehearsal

Photos: Felicitas Arnold, René Liebert, Herbordt/Mohren

The Public Rehearsal

In three episodes a completely new form of cultural institution in rural areas is put to the test. As the reactivation of an empty town hall, video installation and stage monologue.

Episode 1, 22-25.7.2016, 77709 Wolfach-Kirnbach, Germany

In the former town hall of Kirnbach a fictitious advisory board of the institution is formed. Along with local associations and guests, the ‘Kirnbach Hocket’ by the composer Bill Dietz is premiered. The actor Armin Wieser guides all those interested through the past, present and future of the institution.


“The old town hall has nine rooms – and Bill Dietz’s composition has a specific tone for each one of them. According to an ingenious score and with the help of mini-sound stations tuned to exactly these tones and with stopwatches for the precise use of these tones, nine groups of Kirnbachers sounded these nine rooms – according to a precise schedule at certain intervals and lengths. Sometimes alternately, sometimes together. The result: a fascinating building sounding like a kind of stereophonic nine-tone music’.” (Offenburger Tagblatt)

Episode 2, 06.-29.10.2016, Truck Tracks Ruhr – Urbane Künste Ruhr

The institution will be opened with a five-minute audio play version of the opening speech on the Dortmund album of Truck Tracks Ruhr.

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Episode 3, 14.-16.10.2016, Donaueschinger Musiktage

The opening event of the institution is staged as a multi-channel video installation.

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Episode 4, 20.10.2016, Theater Rampe Stuttgart

The institution is being hosted by Theater Rampe and opens its founding process with documents, sound examples and performances.

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Artistic direction: Melanie Mohren and Bernhard Herbordt. Performance: Armin Wieser. Video: René Liebert. Composition: Bill Dietz. Trombone: Rishin Singh. Set: Leonie Mohr and Hannes Hartmann. Graphic design: Demian Bern. Collaboration: Laura Oppenhäuser and Felicitas Arnold. Production management: ehrliche Arbeit – Freies Kulturbüro. Media relations: Bernhard Siebert.

‘The Public Rehearsal’ is a production by Herbordt/Mohren, funded by the Innovation Fund Art of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg, in cooperation with the Verein Kultur Landschaft Schwarzwald, the SommerUNI UPDATE WOLFACH, the Junge Akademie an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the Theater Rampe Stuttgart.