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The twelve-part “curated by” series created by the actor, radio artist and theatremaker Marold Langer-Philippsen takes its inspiration from John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost”. The second book relates the story of Satan’s voyage, as he passes Hell’s gates and crosses the immeasurable expanse of the abyss, braving its dangers to reach the gateway to heaven.
With his two collaborators from the Prague group Mamapapa Banda, Marold Langer-Philippsen in this PARADISELOST episode ponders what hell actually is. Is it the opposite of paradise? Or an alternative world? And where is the boundary between heaven and hell? In his 17th-century work, John Milton didn’t answer these questions either – which called forth criticism, as did his portrayal of Satan as the hero of an adventurous voyage.
Though this live performance creates a different sound world than the first instalment of the series on 29. Juli 2012 (in collaboration with Rupert Huber and also broadcast live on Kunstradio), there are some elements that are revisited, for instance the presence of Eastern European music, which in the last performance appeared in the form of a transmission from a village radio station and this time is played live with powerful instruments in the studio of the ORF Funkhaus. Mamapapa Banda member Tomas Zizka uses a tree root as a percussion instrument, with Agnes Kutas joining in on violin and voice. In this episode Marold Langer-Philippsen works with interview passages, taped sounds and text recitations. The Prague group Mamapapa Banda actually has four members, but in Vienna performs in a special line-up.