TOP RIGHT: Stonedreams, until 18 January, will show the relationship between the work of sculptors Heather Carroll, Eck Lunkes and Gé Pellini and the world of the Feidt quarry.
The dimensions of culture Located in Mersch, the Mierscher Kulturhaus is right at the centre of Luxembourg, almost exactly at the crossing of the four cardinal axes. Similarly, its approach to culture aims at promoting the arts in all the directions where they are present and thus stay at the heart of artistic creation. TEXT: HARUN OSMANOVIC | PHOTOS: MIERSCHER KULTURHAUS
From theatre to dance, from acting and music to poetry readings, from accomplished artists to up and coming talents who need a push out the nest to take their first flight, the Mierscher Kulturhaus strives to be one of the most active actors in the Grand Duchy and beyond. “The Mierscher Kulturhaus is a variable geometry entity in many ways,” explains Karin Kremer, director of the institute. “Our mission indeed goes beyond the walls of the Kulturhaus, because culture is alive, it makes you reason and dream and gain consciousness, one must have a thinkoutside-the-box attitude towards it, one must have the courage to take risks and get outside of one’s comfort zone.” This is the reason why Kremer and her team never refrain from showcasing first œuvres of talented artists or offering them space to de60 | Issue 12 | December 2014
velop their work, from promoting iconoclastic pieces or presenting original vantage points.
hibitions, we always try to conjugate art with craftsmanship,” says Kremer.
Saturday 31 January 2015, for instance, the Mierscher Kulturhaus is organizing an evening dedicated to Vaslav Nijinsky, the gravity-defying Russian dancer. Because of Nijinsky’s troubled personality, the programme will start with a reading, by actors Christian Berkel and Christiane Rausch, of Nijinsky’s biography and letters from psychiatric patients accompanied by piano.
Thus, between December and April, you will have the opportunity to discover Stonedreams and Automobil und Omnibus, two remarkable exhibitions that respectively correlate the work of a sculpture with the world of the quarry and photography with the mechanical genius of Mercedes-Benz.
The second part of the evening will see Sylvia Camarda and Jérôme Varanfrain offer a dance piece inspired by the life and words of Nijinsky, especially by his writings which were for him the logical extension, or part of the same articulation as his dance. The Merscher Kulturhaus is also host to original exhibitions. “When we organize ex-
With such a display of music and levitating dance, stones and mechanics, matter and waves it is easy to see how the moto of the Merscher Kulturhaus – Kultur am carré, or Culture² – is such an understatement. www.kulturhaus.lu
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