I dont care if you look at me, full of hate, full of fear, as long as your eyes are watchi


a cross-over between music, literature, machine learning and theater

I will lick over your face, sleep with your best friend, caress your amygdala, sew myself a dress out of your beard, want to drink you, love you, strangle you.

Moments of impetuous lust, raging jealousy, overflowing love, grueling doubt, dramatic world-weariness, energetic rage or dull loneliness.

A curious look into the secrets of strangers!

The award-winning show AMOUR FOU by Scharmien Zandi (Austrian Music Theater Award 2020), meets texts by anonymous authors, performed by Sarah Scherer and visualized via machine learning by s.myselle.

Through the electrifying sound fields of Pop, Oriental and Experimental, the songs and lyrics depict the weirdness of lust and love, and include social issues such as equality, freedom, individuality, racism and sexism. In exploring these sensitive topics, the artists find themselves simultaneously defending, judging, and executing. The perspectives are full of humor, melancholy, criticism and irony.

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Scharmien Zandi

is a freelance artist in the field of music, performing arts and multimedia. Her works and participation include music, music-theater, theater, film, text, audio and video installations and have been presented in China (Beijing, Tianjin), Europe (Austria, Germany, Portugal) and the USA (NYC). In 2020 she was awarded the Austrian Music Theater Prize for "Amour Fou" and in 2021 presented "Dione - all elements", the form of opera performance that is an innovation within contemporary stage works. Currently she works as a composer, musician and actress at the Landestheater Niederösterreich in St. Pölten and as an artist director at Theater an der Wien. She is invited by the Austrian Cultural Forum to present AMOUR FOU for the first time in the USA in 2022 (tour September 2022).


Sarah Scherer

works as a director, actress and video artist  for opera, theatre and film - constantly evolving between lights and shadows. During her artistic career, she stood both in front of and behind the camera and stage for several short- & feature films, theatre-productions, she directed and wrote short films, music videos, commercials and works as a professional speaker for documentaries, commercials and over dubbing. As a director for opera and theatre she worked for well known institutions such as Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Theater an der Wien in Vienna, at international festivals and the independent scene. As a videoartist she worked for Salzburger Festspiele, Händel Festspiele Halle, Freies Theater Bozen and Podium Esslingen. Her movies have been awarded at international festivals.



s.myselle, aka Stephanie Meisl is a multimedia and visual artist. Her work has been presented in Paris, Copenhagen and at the Salzburg Festival, among others. She is the winner of the Salzburg VJ Lab Award and a member of the Schmiede art festival, which was awarded the Austrian Art Prize in 2016. For 2021 she has received the annual scholarship for media art of the city of Salzburg. With the artist figure s.myselle, Stephanie Meisl interprets humans as humanoid intelligence whose data set (information archive) consists of personal experiences and adventures. Her preference for past art movements, artists and thinkers inspires the resulting new works. By looking into the past, she tries to reshape the future and finds herself in a new digital avant-garde.

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