Live world premiere on October 3, 2021 at 19:00 Stuttgart
Admission free
Registration required:
By email with indication of the desired event
(19:00, 20:00, & 21:00) and your contact details
(phone number) ↳
The current Corona regulations apply.

Every city has its rhythm from daily routines. Each city forms a structure of transactions, conversations and encounters. Every city has a structure of sounds, smells, emotions and colours. The choral symphony CIRCLES translates this complex pattern into a large-scale choral performance for hundreds of participants, choirs and individuals. Composer Amir Shpilman, director Marie Bues, dancer Ariel Cohen, artists Yair Kira and Naoto Hieda and cultural manager Kerstin Wiehe develop together with up to 300 singers a ritual, a chaotic-eruptive celebration of the complex city and the people in it.

CIRCLES means above all music. The structure of this new choral music is so simple that it can be rehearsed in guided workshops with about 300 singers. The influence of the sound through the immediate proximity to the musicians will irritate the audience during the performances, as well as question their orientation in space and their role during the choral ritual.

CIRCLES is interdisciplinary, experimental, but above all, CIRCLES is a remarkable reinterpretation of the idea of space-sound and the idea of music as a community-building, but possibly also a beautifully disturbing ritual. Amir Shpilman, who as a composer and conductor is interested in the physicality of music, has around 300 singers perform together with the dancer and choreographer Ariel Cohen. The moving-sounding actions are flanked by 3D colour choreographies developed by visual artist and designer Yair Kira. A bird’s eye view camera transfers the changes in the concentric circle of the performers onto a building.

Simulator – Naoto Hieda

Amir Shpilman’s vision is to emphasize the power of collective intelligence through a large-scale composition in which voice, colour, and movement are in continuous change, and are influencing one another. Based on principles of self-organized systems and interactions between individuals, a mass swarm of rich colours and sounds, will emerge and swirl in and around the audience. CIRCLES will be fulfilled when the audience who is walking inside this swarm and being exposed to this extremely intense experience, will ask themselves: “Am I a spectator or part of the performance?”


Amir Shpilman: idea, concept and composition; Marie Bues: dramaturgical advice; Ariel Cohen: choreography; Yair Kira: design; Robert Löw: scientific accompaniment; Naoto Hieda: simulator & media instruments; Kerstin Wiehe: Platform and Artistic Consulting; Christoph Amann: Virtual Instrument Programming; Timo Kleinmeier: Sound Engineer.

Susanne Leitz-Lorey, soprano
Truike van der Poel, mezzo-soprano
Martin Nagy, tenor
Guillermo Anzorena, baritone
(New vocal soloists)

Hymnus Choir Boys, Motet Choir Stuttgart, Philharmonia Choir Stuttgart, VokalWerk Stuttgart, Solitude Choir, Young Men’s Choir (Stuttgart), ofChors (Böblingen), Vocalix (Böblingen), Choir Contakt Deufringen, Women’s Choir Egenhausen, Choir Once Again from Liederkranz Bondorf and ChorArt (Herrenberg)

Subject to change without notice.


Present at the Festival 2020 with online tools, lectures and rehearsals