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21.04.2021

Art in Spite of the Crisis: How do Creatives Cope in Lockdown? Episode 5

Art in Spite of the Crisis: How do Creatives Cope in Lockdown? Episode 5 Yuki Kasai’s life currently consists of practising, cooking, reading, exercising, organising and planning the unplannable. Florian Ganslmeier

»Culture and art are a source of strength for us humans in these times,« says Maya Reichert. And we all really need to recharge our batteries. But how do you reach your audience without being able to perform? While discussions about how to come out of the lockdown are going on, creatives are becoming one thing above all: creative. In this episode, we ask Maya Reichert from DOK.fest and concert master Yuki Kasai how they are doing without live arts, what they are currently working on and how they do it.

Yuki Kasai is concert master of the Munich Chamber Orchestra

How are you doing?
I’m lucky to be able to say quite well, actually. For the most part, my family and friends have been spared a Covid infection, and with the MKO [Munich Chamber Orchestra] I have been able to play a whole series of exciting chamber music, video, radio and recording projects, even if concerts have been extremely limited for the past year. But I’m conscious of our relative stability compared to many freelance musicians, especially regarding our financial security. And I must admit that the second lockdown, which for us musicians has been in force since November, is wearing me down.

What is your daily work routine at the moment?
Planning the unplannable, practising, cooking, reading, exercising and organising ... In the whole of last year, I travelled less than ever before, practically only between Munich and Berlin for projects with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. This unplannability is undoubtedly the biggest problem for musicians and performing artists, but also for agencies and promoters. It’s rarely fun to practice or memorise pieces when you know that the concert may perhaps, probably, almost definitely not take place after all.

What are your plans?
First of all, hopefully get vaccinated in 2021!

»Fall over. Get up. Straighten your mask. Play on.« Yuki Kasai

What connects you with the Gasteig?
Always exciting projects: at »Gasteig brummt« 2020 we played »Peterchens Mondfahrt« by Ali N. Askin in the Carl Orff Hall, in front of countless euphoric children: an experience we really hope to witness again in the future. And I was at the first MKO concert after the lockdown early last summer, which ran under the motto »Quiet City« and took place in the Carl Orff Hall. My audition for the MKO also took place in the Gasteig! And I am especially looking forward to the future of the MKO in the Gasteig.

Further information: m-k-o.eu


Maya Reichert heads DOK.education, the year-round educational programme of Munich’s International Documentary Film Festival

Maya Reichert © DOK.fest München
 

How are you doing?
I am healthy and grateful that I can continue to offer cultural activities with the DOK.fest team despite the lockdown. Culture and art are a source of strength for us humans in these times.

What is your daily work routine at the moment?
Looking up from my laptop, I see the mountains in the gaps between the houses. I sit at this home office desk from early in the morning until late at night every day. From here, I organise our entire educational programme for teachers, school classes and young people for all of Bavaria. The film festival is coming up soon, which is keeping me extremely busy.

What are your plans?
In 2020, the schools programme was moved online at short notice and the teachers’ demand significantly exceeded expectations. That’s why we relaunched and expanded the programme under the name »Schule des Sehens« (School of Seeing).

What connects you with the Gasteig?
The Munich City Library in the Gasteig has been our event partner for our classroom programme and the KinderKino children’s film screenings for many years. When we’re not in lockdown, both take place in Munich’s largest cultural centre.

What else needs to be said
I hope we humans keep the positive aspects of this change that will protect our climate! Things don’t have to return to how they were before. Let’s stick together and give each other strength. Soon there will be face-to-face meetings and shared cultural experiences again.

Further information: dokfest-muenchen.de



Other voices from lockdown:
Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4

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