Christopher Kline


Exhibition views Framework 5: O.K. – The Musical, 2015. Photos: Trevor Good and insitu e.V.

For its first show in the new year insitu invites to the exhibition and workshop series »Framework 5: O.K. – The Musical (Pre-Production)« by artist and musician Christopher Kline.

O.K. – The Musical is based on the folklore and myths of Kline’s hometown of Kinderhook – home of 8th US President Martin Van Buren, the term »O.K.«, Frank Serpico, and the Headless Horseman, the Mahican Indians and the Kinderhook Creature among other notables – a small town in the Hudson River Valley, about 200 km upstate from New York City. In this project Kline explores the potential of narrative installations whilst deconstructing the community theatre musical into its fundaments and, at times, unfortunate realities.

For the duration of the project, insitu has been transformed into a dynamic space for production and rehearsals open to the public. During regular workshop sessions, Christopher Kline worked together with children, teenagers and young adults to create the stage scenery, props, music, and costumes for the musical.

In addition to the exhibition and workshops happening at insitu from 15 January – 21 February, the project culminated in the very first, fragmented iteration of the »O.K. – The Musical (Dress Rehearsals)« on 26 February, 2015. The performance took place at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69 in Berlin-Mitte, as part of the »One Night Stand«, a series of events organized by KW in partnership with the Network of Berlin Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives.

Public workshops for children at insitu:
Poster workshop — Saturday 17.01.2015 / Set Design workshop — Saturday 24.01.2015 / Costume Design workshop — Saturday 31.01.2015 / Suitable for ages: 7–13 / Free of charge

View of Framework 5: O.K. – The Musical (Dress Rehearsals) at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, February 26, 2015. Written and directed by Christopher Kline. Photos: Derek Howard

Production Team: insitu (Producer), Elisabeth Wood (Music Director), Leanne MacKay (Art Director), Sol Calero (Wardrobe and Production Manager), Derek Howard (Director of Photography/Lighting), Sílvia Torrus (Set Department), Carolina Jiménez (Stage Manager).

Cast in alphabetical order: Annabella Baptista da Cruz, Olivia Berning, Patrick Burkhardt, Mario Campos Castellano, Joe Clark, Alexander Coggin, Anne-Cécile Desjardin, Theodore Glickman, Adam Joachim Goldmann, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Matthias Hofmann, Lena Hulpowska, Christopher Kline, Martin Kohout, Betti Kuli, Léa Lanoë, Sara Løve Daðadóttir, Zoë Claire Miller, Arístides Santana, Katharina Schnäcker, Joanna Szproch, Pau Pahana, Melanie Velarde, Leo Zylberberg.
The O.K. Orchestra, directed by Elisabeth Wood: Martin Fuller (Guitar), Jesi Khadivi (Flute), Clémence Manachère (Flute), Dominik Noé (Percussion), Theresa Patzschke (Flute), Thomas Romana (Trombone), Abigail Sanders (French Horn), Miriam Siebenstädt (Baritone Saxophone), Graham Thaxton (Violin and Score Transposition Advisor), Aaron Weldon (Piano).

Sets, props, posters and buttons created within the kid’s workshops by: Ashanti, Layla, Leo, Lubaba, Nefes, Sophia, Seymen, Sercan, and Bozhidar (from Kita Vielfalter, directed by Giovanna Munari) as well as Anna Maria, Ayana, Ernesto, Ilona, Ingebor, Gaia, Lena, Mercan, Paloma, Pamina, Sophie, Tallulah, and Ylva.

Set and Prop Assistance: Emily Friedman, Hanne Lippard, Lorenzo Sandoval.

Stage Hands: Ana Alenso, Max Bach.

Kindly supported by:

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