What is pantopian music and why is it needed right now?
Artistic director Marc Sinan and dramaturge Sonja Walter present the online label PANTOPIA MUSIC. Together with curator, dramaturge and author Elisa Erkelenz, they look at current developments, opportunities and challenges in the field of classical, contemporary and trans-traditional music. They also shed light on the most exciting artists on the PANTOPIA MUSIC platform.
In addition to insights into the development and background of the PANTOPIA MUSIC project and musical samples, a discussion space will also be opened up for and with the audience to discuss how new forms of presentation, mediation and production of musical works can be set against an ethnic, colonial and centralized perception of music.

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Marc Sinan

Marc Sinan is a composer and guitarist. He lives and works in Berlin and releases the recordings of his works on ECM Records. His mostly full-length works address current socio-political issues and have been performed at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Istanbul Festival, MaerzMusik and at venues such as the Wuppertal Opera, the Humboldt Forum Berlin, the Gorki Theater and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Sinan has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresdner Sinfoniker, No Borders Orchestra, Ensemble ConTempo Beijing, the Belgrade Ensemble Metamorphosis, Sonar Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, and countless other ensembles, musicians and artists from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North and South America. In his work, he explores new ways of collaboration between artists in a transcultural and transmedia context.

Elisa Erkelenz

Elisa Erkelenz is a freelance curator, dramaturge and author in the field of classical, contemporary and transtraditional music. After years at Ensemble Resonanz as dramaturge and deputy director, she now works for the In 2019, she launched the artistic research Outernational, which is dedicated to transtraditional, contemporary music and its discourses in concerts and listening sessions in Berlin and Europe as well as in its own magazine (VAN Outernational).
Together with violinist David-Maria Gramse, she curates and hosts the podcast “Des Pudels Kern”. As a freelance dramaturge and curator, she works for various venues and festivals, including the Elbphilharmonie, the Donaueschinger Musiktage and for Deutschlandfunk.

Sonja Walter

Sonja Walter studied Theater Studies, Modern German Literature and Journalism and Communication Studies at the Free University of Berlin and at the Université Paris VIII as well as Business Administration at the University of Wismar. After internships, assistantships and work in the independent scene in Berlin, she joined the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel as an assistant dramaturg in 2008 and has worked there as a dramaturg since 2010. At the beginning of Holger Schultze’s directorship, Sonja Walter moved to the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg in 2011. She worked there first as an acting dramaturge, then as managing dramaturge.
In 2018 Sonja Walter joined the STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE as Managing Dramaturg SCHAUSPIEL. With the 2020/21 season, Sonja Walter will move to the position of Chief Dramaturg at the STAATSTHEATER. In summer 2024, she will take over the position of Chief Dramaturg at Theater Ingolstadt.