International Street Theatre Festival Holzminden 2011 – Audience award

Furnace Symphony

Even more than in other Titanick productions, music takes the leading role in the FURNACE SYMPHONY. On a stage that is formed of three steel furnaces, the Titanick musicians make steel ring out. A rhythmical choreography performed on weird and wonderful instruments, grotesque Titanick acting, fire effects and pyrotechnics turn this symphony into a performance delightful to ears and eyes alike.

The production

A metal construction made of steel furnaces, fire boilers, chimneys and pipe systems form the stage for the musicians of the Titanick orchestra, composed of extravagant musicians under the guidance of a bizarre conductor.

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The orchestral pit is lifted onto the stage and the players in their vanity and competitive spirit run the full gamut of human emotions. They struggle with the resisting material and the conflicts between each other. But music unites them all and the complex score spurs them to rhythmical perfection. The furnace symphonists sound their steel instruments with iron bars, welding torches, whirling sheet metal and vibrating rods. And in time to them chimneys spout fire, sledge hammers spray sparks and welding guns unleash their lightning flashes.

In a song of poetic beauty the lovely singer rings in the finale with its wild flames and pyrotechnical effects rising in time to the music. The furioso of instrumental sound, song and fire is a climax of visual and acoustic delight.

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Ibbenbürener Volkszeitung

»Ein feuerspeiendes Gesamtkunstwerk aus Metall, Menschen und Musik.«

Täglicher Anzeiger, Holzminde

»Stahlöfen und Feuerkessel, die zum Klingen gebracht werden, eine Stimme, die unter die Haut geht, ein fulminantes Feuerwerk und dazu der feine Humor der Truppe aus Münster und Leipzig. Das passt.«

The music

Under the guidance of the conductor, the musicians play on archaic instruments of steel from the Titanick workshops: a gas organ – its metal pipes made to boom with three propane gas burners, a billowing sheet of steel that produces a swirling sound when struck with metal rods, a giant-sized kalimba with vibrating steel braces that twang and whir in a wooden resonance box and nine massive scaffolding pipes, perfectly tuned to form oversized chimes. The instruments are placed on a 30-metre-long stage construction of steel and sheet metal, bearing three steel furnaces with their cauldrons and chimneys.

The music covers a wide span from archaic sounds to orchestral classical music, magnificent solos are followed by fast-paced ensemble passages.

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Performance area: 22 x 20 m
Beginning of show: at dusk or complete darkness
Duration: approx 40 minutes, several performances per day are possible
Capacity: approx. 2.000 spectators
Titanick Team: 14 people
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Concept: Theater Titanick
Artistic director: Uwe Köhler
Directed and composed by: Gundolf Nandico
Set design: Robert Schiller
Costumes: Dunja Marija Kopi
Actors: Michael Hain, Clair Howells, Thomas Kuhnert, Georg Lennarz, Marie Nandico, Matthias Stein
Technical director: Markus Vorreiter
Stage technician: René Gieszinger
Instrument construction: Steffen Michel, Jan Rieve
Pyrotechnics: Maik Winkelmann, Ricardo Borau
Lighting: Andreas Liedl
Sound: Louis Altrogge †, Ingo Koch
Tour management: Sarah-Jane Reed