A music composition for the Austrian Pavilion at Aichi World Expo

Aichi, Japan, 9th September 2005


Composition by Dorit Chrysler, Johann Groiss and Manfred Söllner

Props and Costumes: Eva Blut

The experimental electronic duo from Vienna Formation ohne Name created a contemporary piece inspired on the Waltz. The world premiere happened in Aichi and was conducted by “ORF Ö1 Zeitton”, and aired on the same day in 5.1 Dolby Digital via satellite on OE1DD.

Fear, conflict, chaos, loneliness and lies are the motifs underlying the history of 1848-2005, told from an Austrian perspective as a waltz. To describe the military formation, the period of 1938 to 1945 is not composed in waltz time (3/4) but as a march. However, as Oskar experienced in “The Tin Drum”, the rythm lapses back into waltz time. The passions expressed in the dance music are translated into social passions. A movie is created without images – the images are all in the mind. About the Waltz: Turkish Honey with Raspberry Juice The interpersonal, playful approaching of bodies, flirting, a hint of mating and procreation, living out…, platform an alibi of pouring out emotions that might never be acted out, the license to play with fire, it bubbles, it disciplines the emotions – You can never really overflow – a corset of emotions.

Why: the couple dance as a social pillar; you turn each other on and off again, the waltz is torture, coitus interruptus, elegant clothes, public spaces – the unpolished is cultivated, within view of society, voyeuristic. Abandon yourself, rapture; the rhythm creates a light-headedness akin to intoxication – an intoxication  of the senses, a full dissolution of taboos in the dance. “My father is the best waltz dancer” or “He enticed her with dancing”. How many marriages emerged from a waltz? the only physical contact permitted in a restrictive society. You notice a lot about the partner – enlightening. You can tell after two seconds whether you click. Everyone knows the steps  – but now every partner is a match. You can learn the theory – the rhythm must be found between two. Trust in each other. What we want to transform: illustrate some of the clichés, scrape off the shells, contribute a symbolic value – relate to the Austrian identity in an international context – in a holistic one. Topographical and regional side effects as the starting point for a revolving passion. Austria: restriction and ambivalence, the new place in the midst of Europe, we have new neighbours, dancing is possible. Precision archaeology,: uncovering the waltz with a paintbrush – the waltz flows from the primal.

About the performance: in addition to the musical performance, four musicians interpret the changes in history in gestures. The props and costumes are handled by Eva Blut, an Austrian fashion designer who explores gender-related problems in her work and blends fashion codes of both sexes.

LASS DICH performed at Aichi World Fair


Listen to the different parts of the composition:

Lass Dich 1848-1865

Lass Dich 1865-1895

Lass Dich 1895-1918

Lass Dich 1918-1945

Lass Dich 1945-1989

Lass Dich 1989-


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