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Young Ensembles: Decoder – IRCAM

06/2022 Ircam – FR

The ULYSSES Network supports several emerging European ensembles, programming concerts where a new repertoire is promoted, thanks to commissions and reruns.

In this context, IRCAM and the Decoder Ensemble, propose a program focused on the new work by the German composer Alexander Schubert:

Anima, for 5 musicians, 2 actors, video and light, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou commission World Premiere

Anima is a performative experimental setting that utilizes the tools of artificial intelligence in order to question the human constructivist perception and the formation of identity. Anima is a fictional spiritual institution where performers engage in intoxicating interactions with variations of themselves.

This work operates on the assumption that personality, perception, and identity are merely elements that can be varied, manipulated, and explored. The methods of “Deep Learning” serve as a metaphor and example of this process, accentuating the fluidity of humans.

Saturday, June 11, 2022, 20h30, in Centre Pompidou
Festival ManiFeste-2022


© Alexander Schubert


Artistic Direction, composition: Alexander Schubert
Choreography: Patricia Carolin Mai
Outside Eye: Alexander Giesche (tbc)
Video: Lucas Gutierrez
Set Design: Stefan Britze
Costumes: Felina Levits
Light Design: Diego Muhr
Ircam Computer Music Designer: Thomas Goepfer
Scientific Collaboration: IRCAM-STMS (Musical Representation team – ACIDS) Antoine Caillon, Philippe Esling


Ensemble Decoder:
Leopold Hurt, e-zither, Andrej Koroliov, keys, Carola Schaal, clarinets
Sonja Lena Schmid, violoncello, Jonathan Shapiro, drums and percussion
Performers: Guy Marsan, So-Ying Fung (tbc)
Production – Elisabeth Brunmayr
Production Assistance – Mirella Frenzel


Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg, Elbkulturfonds, Impuls neue Musik, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, ULYSSES network, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe program


In cooperation with Kampnagel Hamburg, Kunstfest Weimar, Lichthof Theatre, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Hamburg

Organized in partnership with :
Divertimento Ensemble - IT, Gaudeamus - NL, IEMA - DE, impuls - AT, Mixtur - ES, Time of Music - FI, Warsaw Autumn - PL