Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
Performance 13.9.2018, 19h
Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin
Performance 28.9.2018, 19.30 h
Annika Kahrs’ new performance THIS IS A LOVE SONG negotiates the field of tension between the musical notion of romantic love and the actually lived communication in a partnership. Singing about love has been passed on since antiquity, with the idea of what love is repeatedly undergoing changes. Our present-day understanding of love as it is addressed in movies, pop songs or romantic novels has existed in its popular form only since the 19th century. Especially in pop music, love lyrics are the most widespread, often consisting in the simplified longing for and idealization of partner relationships, which Kahrs contrasts with the mundane and complex issues that a relationship involves.
For THIS IS A LOVE SONG, Kahrs stages a song recital, with the presentation of the songs shifting more and more to a discussion on the existing conditions between the performers.