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The Weimar Republic began as a bold German political experiment at the end of the First World War and lasted until the rise of Nazism. The era was marked by incredible intellectual productivity, with German artists making lasting contributions in the fields of literature, art, architecture, music, dance, drama, and film. Berlin, in particular, proved to be fertile ground for artists, including composers Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith. Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to explore this culturally explosive period and its contemporary resonances. Join in a wide-ranging look at this fascinating, turbulent time.

 

These concerts are given context by Weimar Variations, a wide-ranging collection of public programs organized by LACMA senior curator Stephanie Barron and independent curator Nana Bahlmann.

 

Weimar Variations is presented in collaboration with American Cinematheque, REDCAT, and Hauser & Wirth.

 

 

11 Events
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Ursonate

Sound Poem by Kurt Schwitters

A rare reading of Kurt Schwitters’ seminal sound poem

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Susan Philipsz

Prelude in the Form of a Passacaglia (2019)

Sound installation in the Blue Ribbon Garden

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Weimar Variations
Workers Chorus

Protest songs on Grand Avenue

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The Weimar Republic: Germany 1918-1933
Weill’s Violin Concerto with Salonen

Salonen leads significant works from the Weimar Republic.

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Nicole Miller

Transition (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

Pre-concert performance of the Weimar-inspired laser light installation in BP Hall

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The Triadic Ballet

Costumes by Oskar Schlemmer

The Bauhaus masterpieces on display in BP Hall

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Musik! Fantasie! Revolution!

A Weimar Cabaret

A transgressive evening of Weimar song

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August Sander: New Women, New Men, and New Identities

Exhibit examining queer identity in the Weimar era

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Weimar Nightfall: The Seven Deadly Sins

Vibrant musical theater from the Weimar Republic.

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Cinema: Berlin and Beyond

Weimar themes in film—from the classic to the contemporary

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Pandora’s Box

1929 silent film masterpiece starring the unforgettable Louise Brooks

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