Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Or: The Fundament Of The Tyrolean Festival Erl In Winter
To dig deep and lay the foundation on solid rock is an advice the smart contractor took not only from the bible when building the new Festspielhaus of the Tyrolean Festival Erl in Tyrol’s Unterland region.
In October 2010, 110,000 tons of rock and countless truckloads of soil were removed for the construction of the Festspielhaus, which is literally built on rock. Even when the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against it: the opera stage and the music will be protected thanks to the house’s foundations that are pinned to the rock.
The rock-solid foundations are one thing. Ideas with depth that form the spiritual basis of the new festival house are the other. “If all of us did the right thing in their situation, things would be heading more and more in the right direction”, says Gustav Kuhn, founder and artistic director of the Tirolean Festival Erl.
Roadmap To A New Festival House
There were compelling pragmatic reasons for a new festival venue: the old Passionsspielhaus had neither heating or air conditioning, and some of the most basic infrastructure was sorely missing, including coatroom, foyer, modern rehearsal and performance conditions for the artists, and office space for the administration, the design studio and stage technicians. With a large foyer, coatrooms, modern stage technology, several rehearsal rooms and plenty of space for offices, the new festival house provides the Tyrolean Festival Erl with the setting needed for a successful future.
The Festspielhaus As Home
The Festspielhaus is also home for the orchestra, the choir academy, the design studio, the administration and all those who contribute to the success of the Tyrolean Festival Erl. And ultimately the Festspielhaus will be home to a strong belief: the belief that music is a passion and not a career. The beliefs and ideas in which the Tyrolean Festival Erl is rooted haven taken wings and are in search of a new home where they can unfurl and sprout into their full potential. The Festspielhaus in Erl is the place, the stage and the window, where Gustav Kuhn’s matured and fruitful ideas will find their new home.