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

is an award winning Avantgarde-Chanson-Show between music, literature, artificial intelligence and theater. Through the electrifying sound univers of chanson, oriental and experimental with spoken words in a variety of languages, Scharmien Zandi explores different dimensions of social issues: in the space between new feminism and patriarchal structures of sexism is where we find our nuances of freedom and individualism in AMOUR FOU, the crazy love.

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

A curious look into the secrets of strangers! Moments of boisterous lust, raging jealousy, excessive love, grueling doubt, dramatic world pain, energetic rage or dull loneliness.

The award-winning show AMOUR FOU by Scharmien Zandi (Austrian Music Theater Award 2020), meets with texts by anonymous authors, performed by Sarah Scherer and AI – generated visuals by s.myselle.

AMOUR FOU won the Austrian Musictheater Award 2020
AMOUR FOU – Klangtheater on Spotify


Scharmien Zandi

The musician

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

The actress

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.


The AI artist

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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