Ives Universe, Incomplete


Charles Ives Universe, Incomplete symphony and performance art piece. Directed 2018 (as a world premiere) by Christoph Marthaler at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, Germany as part of the 2018 Ruhrtriennale Festival. Titus Engel is music director for the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Rhetoric Project, and the Schlagquartett Köln with the assistance of multiple student percussion groups. Dancers are Joaquin Abella, Tora Augestad, Liliana Benini, Bérengère Bodin, Marc Bodnar, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Bendix Dethlieffsen, Haizam Fathy, Altea Garrido, Ueli Jäggi, Jürg Kienberger, Antonio J. Navarro, Michael Wilhelmi, Thomas Wodianka, Clements August Becker, and Helmut Schmitt. Set design by Anna Viebrock with Thilo Albers; co-regie by Jeachim Rathke; co-costume by Charlotte Pistorius; lighting by Phoenix Andreas Hofer; dramaturgy by Malte Ubenaug; arrangements by Tobias Schewncke. Directed for TV by Michael Beyer. Also features the documentary The Unanswered Ives directed by Anne-Kathrin Peitz. Produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This is a performance of the unfinished Ives Universe Symphony (1911 to 1928) combined with a stage production. The gaps in the Universe symphony are supplemented with other music from Ives’ œuvre, and the whole project was dubbed Universe, Incomplete. If Chaos is one of the lords of the universe, then this Universe, Incomplete will be his theme song.

Here's a YouTube clip from the Ruhrtriennale Festival: