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“In hybrid sound spaces, instrumental, vocal, electronic, scenic and visual, analog and digital can meet in inhospitable density and intensity. But something is different from many emphatically ‘immersive’ products of contemporary music, which nowadays not infrequently fall prey to a certain superficiality. Something in Hübner’s restless mélange of immediate expressivity and associative reality-blinding seems more urgent, even poetic, than elsewhere. Perhaps this is because ‘theater’ has such great significance for Hübner, not in the sense of genre and urban institution, but as a principally open space for artistic action and experimentation. And this space is usually not a virtual one, but a space of confrontation … a confrontation, admittedly, that works primarily with hints and intangibles.”
– Dirk Wieschollek, nmz 12/2019
Ole Hübner (1993) studied composition in Hanover (with Benjamin Lang and Joachim Heintz, 2007-10) and Cologne (with Johannes Schöllhorn and Michael Beil, 2011-15); this was followed by a master’s degree at the Giessen Institute for Applied Theater Studies (with Heiner Goebbels et al., 2015-18). In 2016 Ole participated in the Tzlil Meudcan master class with Chaya Czernowin and José María Sánchez-Verdú in Tel Aviv. Since 2018, they has taught composition and interdisciplinary sound concepts at the Justus Liebig University Giessen and the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg, among others; in 2020-22, they is a postgraduate student and tutor at the Dresden College of Music (with Stefan Prins and Manos Tsangaris) including a guest semester at the Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo (with Trond Reinholdtsen et al.).
In permanent collaboration with Maria Huber and Jakob Boeckh (as the paranormal ϕeer group), Ole develops forms of radically discursive, experimental and non-hierarchical work genesis and co-authorship for sound/space-based performances and music theatre in the broadest possible sense. They has also been a permanent member of the German-Swiss music theatre collective The Navidsons since 2015 and regularly collaborates with the director/scenographer Kapitolina Tcvetkova. Ole has been involved in interdisciplinary productions such as The Navidson Records (M. Devaud, L. Dick, O. Hübner, K. Hverring, C. Lim, R. Quindici, B. Schiefer, T. Tesche, T. Wyler von Ballmoos and others; Munich Biennale / Bern Theatre 2016), Orpheus Moments (F. Blum, J. Boeckh, O. Hübner, T. Tesche; Venice Biennale 2017), вепрь и рыба (O. Hübner, K. Malinina, K. Tcvetkova; Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Moscow 2018), Revolutions Per Minute (S. Heemann, O. Hübner, J. Mihály, L. Ripchinsky, N. Wehr; Gallus Theater Frankfurt 2019), Ødipus REC. (M. Devaud, M. Huber, O. Hübner, T. Tesche, T. Wyler von Ballmoos, M. Taylor, T. Douglas, Ensemble Lemniscate; Gare du Nord Basel / Tojo Theater Bern 2020), Staying Broken (the paranormal ϕeer group + Neo Hülcker; Elbphilharmonie Hamburg 2020), Befriending Ghosts – Digital Hauntings (the paranormal ϕeer group; Volksbühne Berlin digital / HAU4 @ Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2021), ALICE (J. Genuit, O. Hübner, K. Tcvetkova, HANATSUmiroir; Espace K Strasbourg 2021 / Theater Eurodistrict Baden Alsace 2022) and Fairytales Of Economic Growth (M. du Tillieul McNicol, J. Yule, O. Hübner / Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier 2021). The opera opera, opera, opera! revenants and revolutions (libretto: Thomas Köck) was created for the Munich Biennale 2020 but has remained unperformed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ole is also committed to concert music: In this field they has worked, among others, with the Klangforum Wien, the Ensemble Modern, the Decoder Ensemble, the NAMES Ensemble, the Ensemble Proton Bern, the Arditti Quartet, Airborne Extended and various soloists. Especially with the vocal artists Frauke Aulbert and Julia Mihály as well as with the countertenor Michael Taylor long-term and trustful collaborations have developed. Ole’s music has been performed and broadcast in numerous countries in Europe, Asia and North America. In all genres, the enrichment and re-evaluation of new music knowledge and techniques through theatrical and theatrological perspectives and strategies is of central interest to them.
Starting in 2021, Ole curates the Musik 21 Festival for contemporary music in Hanover and Lower Saxony. They has received the 63rd Composition Prize of the Federal State Capital of Stuttgart 2018, a residency scholarship to the Villa Aurora Los Angeles 2019, a federal scholarship to the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris 2019/20, a commission prize (for Klangforum Wien) at the composition competition of the impuls Festival Graz, and the Bremen Composers Prize of the Landesmusikrat Bremen 2020.
Learn more in this portrait video produced in 2021 by the AVL Cultural Foundation:
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