ImPULS 2020

Also in 2020, the Flex Ensemble wants to show both experienced and inexperienced listeners new ways of experiencing music. Chamber music is always at the centre and forms the basis of all projects. The imPULS year 2020 is characterised by the process of discovery and the search for new ways to experience and reflect on existing works, new ideas and productions.

How can music be understood not only conceptually, but experienced through new context and unusual ways, and ultimately opened up to oneself in a new way? A necessary part of this is to overcome borders. At imPULS, the well-known such as Beethoven’s monumental Eroica and the unknown such as the theme of sleep are rethought in equal measure. The Flex Ensemble presents its approach to the works and themes. How one then discovers them for oneself is up to all visitors.

Flex Ensemble Insomnia photo


A multimedia concert performance
about an often repressed third of our lives

The Flex Ensemble never sleeps. The four musicians have studied sleep research and the cultural history of sleep in order to develop a musical programme that reflects the phases of sleep. Bach, Skriabin, Pesson and Vasks, among others, are included. In connection with the video art and staging of Post Theater Berlin, a performance is created that questions the significance of sleep for waking hours as well.

Please be sure to bring a cushion!

Please note: Only a very limited number of spectators can attend each performance, so please be sure to purchase tickets in advance!

Flex Ensemble:
Kana Sugimura – Violin
Martha Bijlsma – Cello
Anna Szulc – Bratsche
Johannes Nies – Piano

Post Theatre – Staging and Video Art

5. and 6. September 2020
Klecks Theater Hannover

8. September 2020
CD Kaserne Celle, Halle 16

24. September, 2020
Rasselmania, Hildesheim


Of heroes and anti-heroes

Beethoven’s immense impact amazed not only Liszt and Wagner. Even today, it is difficult to dispute his revolutionary compositional approach and influential musical work. This extraordinary programme offers three different ways to hear Beethoven’s Eroica. It does justice to the composer’s unconventional approach, honours him and places his music in a new political and contemporary context. Beginning with a newly composed work for the Flex Ensemble by Canadian composer Gordon Williamson based on the Eroica Symphony and inspired by Beethoven’s overtures, it is followed by Schoenberg’s melodrama “Ode to Napoleon” for piano quintet and a narrator, and finally the Eroica itself, arranged for piano quartet by Beethoven’s good friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries.

23 February 2020
12 Uhr -Sprengel Museum Hannover
“behind the scenes” imPULS II. Eroica

29 March 2020
“behind the scenes” imPULS II
Eroica for IFF students of the HMTMH (Institute for the Early Promotion of the Musically Gifted)

13 November 2020
Dommuseum Hildesheim
imPULS II. Eroica concert

17 November 2020
NDR Kleine Sendesaal Hannover, Konzert imPULS II. Eroica