Highly controversial for some, highly regarded by others. Hermann Nitsch is someone you need to have an opinion on. As a prominent member of the Viennese Actionism movement, Nitsch is one of the instigators of performance art. 50 years ago, Nitsch introduced his first ideas for the Orgien Mysterien Theater: performances that draw inspiration from the ancient sacrifice ritual, where Christian and liturgical elements are interwoven with heathen and pagan practices. His work is highly multi-disciplinary: combining Wagners ideas of gesamtkunstwerk (‘total art’), Jackson Pollocks action painting and the Theatre of Cruelty of Antonin Artaud. His work has had a strong impact on visual art, contemporary dance and musical genres such as industrial and black metal.

In 2009 Incubate Festival created an opportunity to see this important artist at work on his actions, music and philosophy. During the festival Nitsch’ full range of work were shown including three exhibitions, a masterclass, an organ concert, a public interview, a film screening and a live action.

I was the producer for these events.

Incubate is the annual celebration of independent culture in Tilburg, the Netherlands. It is a festival exhibiting a diverse view on indie culture as a whole, including music, contemporary dance, film and visual arts. It brings more than 200 cutting edge artists in an intimate context to an international audience. Black metal next to free jazz. Refreshing art next to inspiring debate.