PAX – a choral theater

The term "chorós" in ancient times referred to a group of players who sing and move at the same time. Referring back to the idea of the artistic unity of music and movement, Anne Kohler and her the Bundesjugendchor combine singing and scenic. Together with the choreographer Gabriel Galindez Cruz, they ask about the chances for peaceful coexistence: Will peace, respect and tolerance remain an illusion?

"Peace is the highest good of mortals" – the Renaissance composer Guillaume Dufay set this admonition to music in 1433 in his motet celebrating Sigismund's coronation as German emperor. With Hanns Eisler's "Against War" and Arnold Schoenberg's "Peace on Earth," the young elite choir places two milestones of modern choral music at the center of a program that illuminates the highly topical subject of human conflict across epochs. While two a cappella movements based on Gustav Mahler open up spiritual perspectives, "Raua needmine/ Curse upon Iron" by the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis refers very directly to the political situation at the beginning of the 1970s. The evil bound in iron threatens to turn against man and destroy them, it says in the archaic-sounding chant for two male solo voices, mixed choir and drum. The crowd of young singers becomes part of a ritual act.

Performance without intermission


Anne Kohler

Artistic direction

Gabriel Galindez Cruz


Guillaume Dufay
Kyrie from Missa L'homme armé

Hanns Eisler
Against the war op. 55 (Text: Bertold Brecht)

Maurice Duruflè
Ubi Caritas op. 10/1

Katerina Gimon
Fire from Elements (2014)

Hugo Distler
The sad coronation

John Taverner
Mother of God, here I stand

Trad. African

Veljo Tormis
"Raua needmine/ Curse upon Iron" (1972) for choir and drum

Elisabeth Fußeder
World premiere for choir and percussion

Arnold Schönberg
Peace on earth op. 13

Guillaume Dufay
Agnus Dei from Missa L'homme armé