The Linzer Klangwolke 21 presented by Sparkasse Oberösterreich and LINZ AG in 2021 is themed PANTA RHEI. PANTA RHEI is ancient Greek and means "everything moves, everything flows" and describes that everything is in ceaseless motion. This year's director is none other than Robert Dornhelm, who, together with Christoph Engel and Roman Kariolou, will make the Donaupark tremble with cinematic performances and sounds on 11 September.

Illusion or reality after all? Klangwolke visitors are invited to ask themselves this question on 11 September at 8:30 p.m. in the Donaupark Linz, to surrender to the fantastic musical underwater worlds and enchanting sound experiences of PANTA RHEI and to immerse themselves in the flow of life! At the Linzer Klangwolke 21, which this year bears the ancient Greek title PANTA RHEI, sound becomes image - and vice versa. Under the overall direction of star director Robert Dornhelm, sound and film merge into a fully composed work of art in seven acts, including an overture, a finale and a gigantic cinematic soundtrack.

Musical instruments not only provide the sound, but also set the scene.  Sounds emerge and fade away, provide impulses by finding a visual counterpart in light and video projections. In this way, the Linz Klangwolke 21 also picks up on the motto "Bold Impulses" of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2021.


Impulses trigger movement and thus development, bring forth new ideas and are thus decisive for the dynamics of life. With strong images, visualisations and staging by star director Robert Dornhelm and co-director Christoph Engel, a specially composed music - an exciting cinematic soundtrack by Roman Kariolou - and recourse to Heraclitus, PANTA RHEI becomes the theme of Linzer Klangwolke 21: For everything flows, everything is in motion, everything is in constant transformation! Klangwolke fans can already look forward to a "Klangwolken Orchestra" that will also bring great film music into play with a "Klangwolken Fugato", a drum ship that will juxtapose cinematic illusion and reality, and an oversized harp that will rise up out of the Danube!

A large cinematic soundtrack, light and laser productions, a huge cinematic projection screen and thus an oversized cinema screen will crown the Linzer Klangwolke 21.  



Feature films, television documentaries, historical epics, multi-part productions, opera productions and much more - Robert Dornhelm is one of the most versatile directors in the world. A Golden Globe nomination, two Emmy awards, the Golden Romy for best director and a sensational Oscar nomination for Children of the Theatre Road, in which Grace Kelly acts as narrator, are among the successes of the international star director. Robert Dornhelm has made more than 100 documentaries, film greats such as Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ben Kingsley, Lauren Bacall, Dennis Hopper and Omar Sharif or opera stars like Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón have worked with the director of the Linzer Klangwolke 21, who holds Austrian and US citizenship. Now he brings spectacular images, cinematically staged highlights and plenty of Hollywood flair to Linz and the Linzer Klangwolke. In close collaboration with the award-winning film composer on the road to success, Roman Kariolou, who is considered an exceptional musical talent and was once celebrated as a child prodigy on the violin, Dornhelm - in cooperation with co-director Christoph Engel - will conjure up a superlative Linz Klangwolke.

Roman Kariolou is composing a commissioned work: a gigantic, unique and cinematic soundtrack to PANTA RHEI. His most successful projects include victory anthems for the Winter Olympics in Turin, numerous official anthems and signatures for major events such as the FIFA World Football Gala and many award-winning film compositions.

Anna-Sophie Lienbacher is responsible for the fantastic costume designs: even the costumes are one with the river.  With great attention to detail and flowing elements, Lienbacher has created, among other things, costumes that are reminiscent of the underwater world like foaming waves and pick up on the titular motto PANTA RHEI.


Panta Rhei © LIVA

Not only fantastic visuals, oversized images, stagings and a bombastic soundtrack are the Linzer Klangwolke 21, but also the extraordinary choreography contributes to this year's open-air spectacle in Linz's Donaupark: In her work, choreographer Akemi Takeya has been dealing with the interfaces of different cultures and dance styles for years. In her self-developed performance method, she generates a connection between visual art and dance and likes to build a bridge from voice to body work. Above all, however, the Viennese uses contrasts to generate unexpected movements. In her participation in PANTA RHEI - the Linzer Klangwolke 21 presented by Sparkasse Oberösterreich and LINZ AG - the choreographer will also focus on the transformations of the human body, which emerges from nowhere, disperses again, transforms and returns to the water. In cooperation with dancer Zoé-Afan Strasser and performer Evandro Pedroni and with the involvement of local movement statists, who are still being sought, a fantastic and extraordinary choreography can be expected.

Ingenious local heroes, such as the impressive Linz performance artist Silke Grabinger, are also part of the top-class Klangwolke 21 team. The dancer, performer and choreographer will support the illusion of this year's Klangwolke with a breathtaking aerial choreography in which she will draw on her years of artistic experience as a member of Cirque du Soleil.

Jacob Schaefer and aufgemoebelt KG were already in charge of building the sets for Klangwolke 19, and for the Linzer Klangwolke 21, presented by Sparkasse Oberösterreich and LINZ AG, the team is also responsible for the fascinating sets and the impressive stage design: oversized musical instruments such as the harp, which will rise from the Danube, a drum ship and acrobatic cellists who will emerge from the Danube.



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