10.05. - 28.07.2024

a program of
Music | Performance | Architecture

curated by
Studio Muoto
Georgi Stanishev + Clémence La Sagna
Lennart Wolff

Tickets for the event are available at TixForGigs and at the box office.


On the evening of 10.05.24, the Ball Theater opened with a concert performance by Exotourisme (Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Julien Perez) followed by the DJ sets Bauernfeind and Perra Inmunda.

Previously, students from the Class for Performative Arts & Friends (HGB Leipzig) and the Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture presented a performance on the Techne Sphere factory premises, which was developed with Isabel Lewis and Frank Minnaërt, the Ball Theater design team and Lennart Wolff.

Photo © Gilles Delalex
Exotourisme at the Ball Theater

13.06.2024 | 8 pm

ARIS Quartet

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major Opus 12

Lukas Ligeti
String Quartet No. 4 "Neostasis"

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in A minor Opus 132

Box office 20 €

Expressive, dynamic, impressive: the Aris Quartet has been at home on the international stage for over a decade. With its unique sound language, it has long been one of the top chamber music ensembles.

The musicians have performed at venues such as London's Wigmore Hall, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Herbst Theatre San Francisco and the Philharmonie de Paris. Their choice of chamber music partners is high-calibre: Christiane Karg, Tabea Zimmermann, Daniel Müller-Schott, Eckart Runge, Kit Armstrong and Nils Mönkemeyer.

The ensemble also engages in cross-genre projects, for example with jazz pianist Omer Klein. From the very beginning, the musicians have also focussed on contemporary music. Composers such as Lukas Ligeti, Gerald Resch, Misato Mochizuki and Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle have entrusted the quartet with premieres of their works.

Founded in Frankfurt am Main in 2009, the Aris Quartet, whose most important mentors include Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), continues to play with the same line-up to this day.

The ensemble's success is no coincidence: with numerous first prizes at prestigious competitions, the Aris Quartet quickly achieved its international breakthrough. The musicians were also honoured as 'ECHO Rising Stars' by the European Concert Hall Organisation, were among the BBC's 'New Generation Artists' and won five prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

In addition to regular appearances on radio and TV, the Aris Quartet has already released six critically acclaimed albums. Further releases for STAGE+, Deutsche Grammophon's new video, streaming and audio platform, followed in autumn 2023.

"Ball Theater is an installation designed to awaken our desire for utopia."
Studio Muoto, Atelier Georgi Stanishev

"Enter the Factory" is the second chapter of Ball Theater, the French contribution to the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale. The modular metallic half-sphere of the Ball Theater will symbolically return from a site of presentation to a site of production, exiting the French Pavillion's beaux-arts interior in Venice for an open-air site in the center of the Techne Sphere Leipzig. Clad in a blue welding curtain, the newly conceived and radically expanded Ball Theater evokes the legacy of constructivism and modernist workers' theater. Here, the half globe seemingly orbits Oscar Niemeyer's spherical restaurant that hovers above the site. Together, they become a stage, projection surface, and resonance chamber: "machines for acting." A program of concerts, performances, and workshops explores the relationship between sound, music, movement, and architectural production. The installation and program are conceived by the Ball Theater design team –studio Muoto, Atelier Georgi Stanishev– and curator and architect Lennart Wolff and produced by Anica Kehr / Techne Sphere in collaboration with Institut français.

Ball Theater at the 18th International Venice Architecture Biennale was a project by studio Muoto –Gilles Delalex and Yves Moreau- and Georgi Stanishev (lead curators), Jos Auzende (associate curator), Clémence La Sagna and Georgi Stanishev (scenography), Cedric Pilooski, Alain Français, Thomas Fourny (sound installation) and Anna Tardivel (programming).

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