– J. S. Bach: Markus-Passion, BWV 247, (Rekonstruktion von D. Hellmann und A. Glöckner) – S. Braun: Evangelienmusik
Isabel Meyer-Kalis (soprano), Susanne Langner (alto), Max Ciolek (tenor), Cornelius Uhle (bass), GewandhausChor, SignSong – Gebärdenchor des Berufsbildungswerkes Leipzig, Camerata Lipsiensis, deep strings, Marc Mascheck (performer, mime, scenic adaptation), Okan Seese (performer, sign language), Burkhart Seidemann (director), direction: Gregor Meyer
The St. Mark Passion by the Gewandhaus Choir is an unusual one. It uses the gaps in the main body of the work as an opening to other artistic levels. The words to which the music has been lost can be heard in the form of musical fragments during which the action is represented silently in mime and sign language. The aim is to tell the story of Christ’s Passion not just for the ears, but also for the eyes, and to make its deeply moving message an immediate experience – including for people to whom concert halls are usually off-limits because they cannot hear. Simultaneously with the singing of the Gewandhaus Choir, the sign-language choir »performs« all the chorus sections in its own unique, aesthetic and highly expressive language with its immediacy of emotion. To provide access to the hearing-impaired and deaf was the core idea behind the conception. Beside the concert featuring Steffen Schleiermacher’s version, this performance is another opportunity to experience the rarely heard St. Mark Passion.