Bach becomes Pollock

Action Painting Experiment for J. S. Bach's 333rd Birthday

A special action painting experiment on J. S. Bach’s 333rd birthday

Five young people dressed in white sit in a small room. Pots of paint are standing around, long brushes and wooden sticks are dipped into the colours to then let them drip onto the canvas in Jackson Pollock style. Inspired by Bach’s cantata BWV 26 “Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie voidig”. A powerful combination of Baroque music and painterly expressionism, to which the young actors indulge.

Everything in honour of J. S. Bach’s birthday

21 March marks the 333rd anniversary of his birth. The experiment takes place as part of the Appenzell Bach Days 2018. At this year’s festival, everything revolves around “Bach’s world of images”. Young people will also be expressing their views of Bach’s legacy. The action painting is only one part of an artistic performance. A whole series of artistic performances will be presented by learners, carrying on the composer’s music.

Bach images

The project is a partnership between the J. S. Bach Foundation and the SBW Haus des Lernens. For half a year, pupils deal with Bach’s music, intensively supported by curator Matthias Flückiger. At the Appenzell Bach Days they present their “Bach Pictures”. With their own perspective, they not only inspire the audience, but also allow Bach’s musical heritage to blossom again in a new way. The Appenzell Bach Days will take place for the third time this August in St. Gallen and the neighbouring Appenzell region. The emphasis is deliberately placed on a comprehensive, untypical examination of Bach’s musical heritage and on enabling visitors to have an individual perception of the composer J. S. Bach. The Appenzell Bach Days can draw on a wealth of experience: for more than ten years, a Bach cantata has been performed every month under the direction of Rudolf Lutz. The J. S. Bach Foundation, the initiator of the Bach Days, will be performing the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) until around 2030.

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