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Unmöglichkeit I–IV

25.02.2016, Berlin | On the occasion of its ten-year anniversary in 2016, the Soloists’ Ensemble Kaleidoskop ventures to look both back and ahead: the four-part concert series Unmöglichkeit (Impossibility) I–IV is about endpoints and possible new beginnings. At different arts locations, the four concerts – “J’espère” (March 9 & 10, 2016), “Unbox” (April 15 & 16, 2016), “Alice” (April 28 & 29, 2016), and “Revue” (June 11, 2016) – open up association spaces to both the ensemble and its audience that hold out the hope of a new “clairaudience.” Searching for a musical standpoint and the ability to communicate this standpoint as well as the possibilities to make music together, Unmöglichkeit I–IV inquires into the existence of an absolute, indestructible idea of a work (of art).

Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, (c) Helge Krückeberg

Together with the artist Dirk Bell, Kaleidoskop, in “J’espère,” ventures forth to search for the moment when noise becomes music. The result of this experiment will be seen and heard in “Unbox” in a different context at the Galerie Studio Picknick. “Alice” takes us into the magical world of the Sammlung Hoffmann by juxtaposing music and the fine arts, as forms of abstraction. The last concert, “Revue”, brings us full circle: In an expansive concert at KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, the ensemble itself becomes the object of observation.

During its ten-year existence, Kaleidoskop has earned an excellent reputation for its interdisciplinary performances and established itself as one of the most innovative music groups. The anniversary will not be a mere summing up, but a look ahead to the future and a field for experimentation broadening our understanding of music through a dialogue with other disciplines. This is why the Ernst Schering Foundation once again supports the ensemble. In its four-part series Unmöglichkeit I–IV, Kaleidoskop examines the links between the fine arts and music and thus challenges its own focus on materiality.

Unmöglichkeit I–IV 
Soloists’ Ensemble Kaleidoskop – The First 10 Years: Looking Back and Ahead, New Beginnings.

Four concerts by the Soloists’ Ensemble Kaleidoskop

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Artistic director: Tilman Kanitz
Dramaturgy/artistic assistant: Boram Lie

Unmöglichkeit I



Uferstrasse 8-11, 13357 Berlin

March 9, 2016, 8 p.m.
March 10, 2016, 9:30 p.m.
ATTENTION: Due to a technical problem, the start of today's performance is later than announced before!


Unmöglichkeit II


Studio Picknick

Mohrenstrasse 63, 10117 Berlin

April 15 & 16, 2016, 8 p.m.


Unmöglichkeit III


Sammlung Hoffmann

Sophie-Gips-Höfe, 2nd courtyard, Staircase C, Sophienstr. 21, 10178 Berlin

April 28 & 29, 2016, 4–10 p.m.


Unmöglichkeit IV


KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art

Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin

June 11, 2016, 6 p.m. (Long Night)


A project by the Soloists’ Ensemble Kaleidoskop. In cooperation with STUDIOTEN, Studio Picknick, Sammlung Hoffmann, KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, and RADIALSYSTEM V.

Funded by the DKLB-Stiftung, the Schering Stiftung, and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.


Photo: Soloists’ Ensemble Kaleidoskop © Helge Krückeberg

Unmöglichkeit I-IV, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop


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