Playsonic Festival Frankfurt/M
25–27 May 18

Perhaps music - when it moves, surprises and engages - has always been the sound of play. And maybe the opposite is also true: where play transcends rules, winning or losing and develops an inner beauty, it can become music itself.

“Listening while playing / playing while listening” is the motto of PLAYSONIC FESTIVAL – a festival that is open to exploration and surprise. From May 25-27 2018, visitors are invited to join a multifaceted program throughout the building and the urban surroundings of Alte Oper Frankfurt.

At the heart of the festival are four interdisciplinary FOCUS TEAMS - each comprised of a composer, a game designer and a joker artist, creating new works: a format for a large ensemble, an intimate chamber piece, an installation, and a site-specific work in public space. A number of experiments, conversations and workshops form the extended festival program.

Everyone involved meets on Jan 5-7 with Ensemble Modern, further musicians, composers, game designers and players at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. In a GAME JAM, participants playtest, discuss and iterate together.

The full festival program with all practical infos will be published on April 1 2018.

PLAYSONIC ist curated by Josa Gerhard und Sebastian Quack (members of the Invisible Playground network). A joint project by Alte Oper Frankfurt, Ensemble Modern and Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, initiated and funded by Deutsche Bank Foundation.

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