Having been at the first Magdalena Festival in 1986 and many since in many parts of the world, this Munich Magdalena has a very different feel, due to the Munich City supported artists’ residency scheme which gives the festival its three month shape.
I was welcomed for a month’s residency at Ebenböckhaus where I was given a beautiful large light room facing onto a garden. After the busyness and noise of East London where I live it is the perfect environment to concentrate and let the mind expand into new ideas. I was working on a performance based on stories and interviews around the theme of TRUTH.
The length of my stay incorporated two solo shows in theatres with excellent acoustics (HochX and Meta Theater) and a singing workshop with a talented international group of artists, theatre makers and singers. Through these activities and at other performances and events, I met a huge range of women creators in Munich as well as international women in residence at the Villa Waldberta. Alongside the individual creativity that each artist is involved in, conversations led to collaborations, and collaborations led to further creativity. Interviews were made, recordings, further collaborations planned, art works created, songs composed and ideas for a voice festival developed. This was a new experience in a Magdalena festival where normally the span of the festival would be ten days or two weeks; artists would be busy preparing their performances or giving workshops, and have little or no time to develop their latest work or to collaborate truly with others in a way that comes naturally out of conversations and meetings over time.