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Jessicas review

My name is Jessica.  I am an artist, musician and children’s book writer, currently living on a farm in Poland. Since I am quite stuck to the farm during summer time (and because I’m not quite tough enough to face the sub zero temperatures of Polish wintertime) I have enjoyed taking the opportunity to explore a bit more of Europe this winter through ‘Work Away’.  Landsberg has been my final, longest and most memorable stop of the winter. I have been here just over 2 months and in that time I have met so many incredible people and formed memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

A lot of my time in the office has been spent working towards the ‘Wolf Durmashkin Composition Award’ and Jewish-German festival in May. Through this, I have encountered amazing people and stories, often devastating and inspiring in equal measure, that have changed my perception of the world.

When I have not been proof reading Wolfgang’s emails for any potentially offensive ‘German-ness’ and cooking meals with more vegetables that anyone else wants to eat, I have enjoyed freestyle dance parties in the office, karaoke nights, chaotic Arabic circle dancing, dinner parties of people I’d never met before who welcomed me like an old friend (and fed me lots of cake!),  ‘Wolfgang tours’ of the city where each small detail has its own story and, most of all, having the opportunity to meet (and make lasting friendships with) many wonderful people from all over the world.

For a small German town, Landsberg has an incredibly rich history and diverse population. I am now almost embarrassed to think of what I imaged ‘working with refugees’ to entail before I came here. The young people I have met in Landsberg have drastically changed many preconceptions I didn’t even realize I had and the ‘charity work’ I had imagined, in reality has been incredible moments of shared fun, laughter and genuine friendship, for which I am so grateful.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped make my stay here such a memorable and enjoyable one.  I hope I will see each other again some day.

Jessica xxxx

Praise and applause for a tremendous achievement

Fashion Costume Project “The Red Thread – Trau Dich” by the cultural association “dieKunstBauStelle e.V.” and “Stelzer” presented in the gym in the Platanenstraße an impressive final presentation with top-class costume creations and great acting performances on stilts.

For the third time now, the fashion costume project “The Red Thread” of the Landsberg Cultural Association “dieKunstBauStelle e.V.” has been promoted with funding from the program “Kultur macht stark. “Alliances for Education” carried out by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Landsberg Young people from Landsberg and the surrounding area, pupils, Landsbergers and Syrian refugees, have been working together since July with great verve to work on their works, and finally in a great final performance on stilts to introduce the Landsberg audience.

In this year’s Long Night of Art, the weather conditions were not the best, so the delicate costumes and masks were shown only in one exhibition. Now the fascinating results of the costume and theater workshop could be presented as a final performance in the gymnasium of the elementary school Platanenstraße.

Metal and raffia costumes and a forest of masks

There was an exciting and well-conceived production – with costumes that live on the opposite: metal materials and bast fabric were combined in the creation. In addition, participants held animal masks attached to wooden sticks in their hand during the presentation. With pig, rabbit, elephant & Co., they created a whole forest full of masks.

“For this unusual production this year, it was particularly elaborate and demanding to make the costumes by hand,” emphasizes Renate Stoiber, former head of the costume department of the Bayreuth Festival. “The young people have shown a lot of patience. A big thank you goes to you and of course to the many helpers in the background. Without her dedication and tireless commitment, we would never have made it. “

A piece of the teenagers

Peter Pruchniewitz, theater director of the Stelzer, studied with the young people in the autumn holidays with the newly created costumes and masks a performance with musical accompaniment, which has drawn the audience immediately in its spell. “The young actors have worked out everything themselves, brought in many ideas, developed the dramaturgy and selected the music themselves,” stresses Pruchniewitz. “It was a piece of the teens, completely self-made.”

But there was a big round of applause from the audience: “The young people really did something – and that in addition to the school, exams and homework,” says Maggie from Erpfting after the production, while they were still together cozy with coffee and cake together. “Also acting I found the dramatic story played very convincingly”.

“It was a real dance theater on stilts,” stresses Brunhilde from Kaufering. “The costumes were so elaborately worked. I especially liked the idea with the animal masks. “Ute from Bremen was particularly fascinated by how much work and energy the young people put into this project. “I think it’s great that they do handicrafts in their spare time and also stage themselves and present them on stilts for more than half an hour,” she says.

Wolfgang Hauck, director of Stelzer, was very happy. “After the successful festival Licca Line, we had another opportunity to realize a bigger project for and with young people in Landsberg. That was a very special opportunity that would not have been possible without the funding. “

The extracurricular project, which theKunstBauStelle is implementing together with the project partners “Die Stelzer” and Mittelschule Landsberg, is part of the measure “Jugend ins Zentrum!”, Which is part of the program “Kultur macht stark. Alliances for Education “funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Photo: Wolfgang Hauck

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Geheimnissen der Geschichte auf der Spur

Den schwarzen Panther im Inselbad dürfte fast jeder Landsberger kennen. Die schwere Bronzeskulptur steht unmittelbar am Hauptschwimmbecken und dient nicht zuletzt auch als praktische Ablage für Handtücher und Badezeug. Wie aber kommt ein solches Kunstwerk in ein städtisches Freibad? Wie alt ist es und warum steht es dort? Mit diesen Fragen werden sich in nächster Zeit Landsberger Jugendliche im Rahmen eines neuen Projektes des Vereins „dieKunstBauStelle“ beschäftigen.

Reliket der Vergangenheit
Der Panther ist nicht das einzige Relikt aus der Vergangenheit, das wie selbstverständlich zum Stadtbild gehört. Auch die steinerne Inschrift beim Gasthof „Zum Mohren“ bereitete lange Zeit einiges Kopfzerbrechen. Mittlerweile ist das Kryptogramm aus dem Jahr 1647 entschlüsselt worden, wie man in den Landsberger Geschichtsblättern nachlesen kann. „Diese Objekte stehen oftmals einfach nur da. Sie sind so alltäglich, dass man sich normalerweise keine Gedanken über geschichtliche Zusammenhänge macht“, meint Wolfgang Hauck, der Initiator des Projektes.

Daher will die neue Projektgruppe zunächst einmal ein Bewusstsein dafür wecken, scheinbar Selbstverständliches genauer zu betrachten. Voraussetzung dafür sind Kenntnisse der lokalen Geschichte. Die Schüler und Jugendlichen werden bei ihrer Spurensuche unter anderem von der Journalistin Karla Schönebeck begleitet, die die historischen Recherchen vorbereitet. Dazu kommen Exkursionen in eine Gießerei, Archive und die Befragung von Zeitzeugen: „Erst bei tieferer Kenntnis ist es möglich, einen Kontext zwischen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart herzustellen. Und“, ergänzt Schönebeck, „mit diesem Wissen können die Teilnehmer eine eigene Haltung zu geschichtlichen Vorgängen entwickeln.“

Recherche und künstlerisches Auseinandersetzung
Es geht aber nicht nur um Zeitgeschichte. Hauck strebt mit dem Projekt gleichzeitig eine Auseinandersetzung unter künstlerischen Aspekten an. „Es ist ein Experiment mit ungewissen Ausgang, da die Jugendlichen ihre gewonnenen Erkenntnisse ebenfalls künstlerisch umsetzen sollen“, erklärt Hauck sein ehrgeiziges Projekt, das er als „work in progress“ bezeichnet. Diese Form der qualifizierten Annäherung soll im Ergebnis in Form von Texten, Malerei, Photographie, Installationen und Performance in einer multimedialen Ausstellung münden. Hierbei werden die Teilnehmer von bildenden Künstlern begleitet.

„Von dem, was wir bisher herausgefunden haben“, so Hauck und Schönebeck, „steht fest, dass es sehr spannend werden dürfte.“ Beide sind zuversichtlich, gemeinsam mit den Jugendlichen einen auch für die Stadt Landsberg wichtigen Beitrag zum Geschichtsbewusstsein zu liefern. Dass bei diesem Projekt auch jugendliche Flüchtlinge mitwirken, dürfte zudem eine weitere interessante Komponente sein. „Da wird noch einmal ein ganz anderer Blickwinkel mit hineinspielen“, ist Hauck überzeugt.