Guest performance: playing my visual concert and my human robot at multimedia stage show Villa Wild #5: “About Machines” in Bamberg, Germany

Silent Rocco as human robot Menschine

On October 24th, wonderful writer and poet Nora-Eugenie Gomringer and storytelling expert Dr. Martin Beyer hosted Villa Wild, their regular multimedia stage show at the E.T.A-Hoffmann-Theater in Bamberg, Germany. The topic of their latest edition was “About Machines”, and my Menschine robot as well as The Greatest Thing were part of the event’s colorful program.

Nora-Eugenie Gomringer and Scratch Dee

(Nora-Eugenie Gomringer with DJ and music producer Scratch DEE)

I met Nora two years ago at the Expo in Milan, Italy. Both of us were booked to perform at the German pavilion. Since then, we’ve been fans of the other’s creative work. So I was really happy to get invited to her unique event. As Menschine robot I welcomed the guests at the foyer of the theatre, nonverbally setting the right mood and leading over to the beginning of the show.

Silent Rocco as human robot Menschine

(Silent Rocco as human robot Menschine)

The program started with musician and producer Scratch Dee mixing some vinyls for a contemporary dance by Mariya Zoryk, followed by an in-depth interview on how deejaying works. Then, the team of Bamberg-based Zellenkur presented their works in the field of virtual reality, renowned literature scientist Wulf Segebrecht talked about automatic humans within E.T.A. Hoffmann’s novel “The Sandman”, and artist Andreas Fischer showcased his handmade sound machines. After a short break, I finally performed my visual concert The Greatest Thing together with singer-songwriter Miss Walker. And with a fantastic cake for all performers and spectators, decorated with tiny cogwheels, this special evening came to a tasty end.

Dancer Mariya Zoryk

(Dancer Mariya Zoryk in action)

Dr. Martin Beyer trying VR

(Martin Beyer having fun with Zellenkur’s virtual reality)

Wulf Segebrecht talking about E.T.A. Hoffmann

(Wulf Segebrecht and Martin Beyer talking about E.T.A. Hoffmann)

Andreas Fischer and Nora Gomringer

(Andreas Fischer presenting videos of his sound machines)

Villa Wild at E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater in Bamberg

(The studio stage of Bamberg’s E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater)

Miss Walker and Silent Rocco with The Greatest Thing

(Miss Walker and Silent Rocco performing The Greatest Thing)

Many thanks again to Nora and Martin for the invitation and a great Villa Wild event. I love getting unique enquiries like this one. And if you want me to bring one of my mime performances to your event as well, just send me an email to You can find my current repertoire here.

Photos: Jürgen Schabel (c) Villa Concordia

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