Stuttgart Airport says it will be the venue for the world’s first 1:1 concerts at an airport on May 8 and 10. The airport said that in this unique setting, a musician performs a personal concert for a single listener, the two of them being completely alone in the room. The unusual format is inspired by artist Marina Abramović’s performance “The Artist Is Present” and aims to enable a personal musical experience, despite the restrictions on cultural life caused by the corona pandemic, at a safe distance.
Stuttgart Airport is providing its Terminal 1 for the project initiated by the Stuttgart State Opera and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. The airport said it “supports the artists’ extraordinary commitment”. All musicians perform without remuneration, donations by the audience are used to support freelance musicians.
During this pandemic, a lot of things are only possible on a digital basis, but many people miss real personal contact and analogue musical experiences. The airport said 1:1 concerts enable a real concert experience and take all necessary protective measures into account. In the individual 1:1 concerts, each lasting ten minutes, one listener and one musician come together – for what it described as “musical intimacy at a safe distance”.
Tickets for the experience are limited and can be booked online on the State Opera’s website. For a chance to win one of ten tickets provided by the airport, the Stuttgart State Opera, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, visit the airport’s social media accounts starting Wednesday May 6.