Performance

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Seeing. Experiencing. Being there.
Looking out over Munich from the Gasteig – high above your city, yet part of it.
This is what »Türmer München« – »The Munich Vigil« is all about.
Come and take part!

The Munich Vigil – Türmer München

The Vigil is a performance by choreographer Joanne Leighton (WLDN), which will take place on the roof of the Gasteig from 12.12.2020 to 12.12.2021 – twice a day every day, for 365 consecutive days. Like the »Türmer«* – the watchmen of the Middle Ages – the 730 participants will keep watch over the city for one hour at a time, high above the Philharmonic Hall.

How does it work? Come to our Shelter on the roof of the Philharmonic Hall, look over your city for an hour at sunrise or sunset and be part of the year-long performance. After your Vigil, you leave your Traces – your memory of your Vigil – in the form of a photograph of yourself and an entry about your impressions, thoughts and feelings in our journal, the Blog.

An Opening Ceremony will be held to celebrate the beginning of the project and a Closing Ceremony with all participants at the end of the project as well as Sharing Events every three months provide an opportunity to share your experiences and meet the artist and creator of this performance, Joanne Leighton.

* In this project, of course, »Türmer« includes all genders.

Your Vigil

An hour of time and space all to yourself, while at the same time communicating with the whole city: That is what »Türmer München« has in store for its participants. From the Shelter on the roof of the Gasteig, you can look out over Munich, take a break from the daily hustle and bustle while at the same time immersing yourself in urban life from a new perspective: feel yourself and your city, rediscover it, get in touch with it, take responsibility for it and its inhabitants, be present, in the here and now; without distractions, without mobile phones or other gadgets; mindful, far removed from the demands of everyday life. The project also poses the question: Is it the »Türmer« watching the choreography of the city or are the people in the city watching the ›performance‹ of the »Türmer«?

High above the Philharmonic Hall

The illuminated Shelter on the roof of the Gasteig affords a wide view towards the South-West over large parts of Munich. Visible from the city, the wooden Shelter developed by Benjamin Tovo is a prominent look-out point and at the same time a protected space for the »Türmer«.

365 days a year

The project starts on 12.12.2020 with the first Vigil at sunset and ends on 12.12.2021 at sunrise with the 730th Vigil. Between those times, it will take place twice each day: for one hour from sunrise and from one hour before sunset. Always the same, yet different every time.

Taking part

Anyone can become a Türmer. It’s as easy as registering to take part on this page. If you would like to be one of the first Türmer and want to get more deeply involved in the project, supporting us by dedicating some of your time to it, you can apply to become a Companion. Of course, you can also decide to become more involved in the project later on, after your Vigil.

Interested? To find out how to become a Türmer or Companion and what this involves, go to Taking part. If you have any further questions about the project, visit our FAQ page!

Who is behind it all?

The participatory performance, whose original French title is »Les Veilleurs«, was developed by Belgian-Australian choreographer Joanne Leighton. Her aim and the aim of her company WLDN is to integrate the audience into the artistic performance and to create an interdisciplinary exchange of choreography and other art forms. Mindfulness and presence play an important role here, as do the aspects of repetition and ritual.

Belfort, Laval, Rennes, Haguenau, Freiburg, Évreux, Dordrecht, Graz and now Munich: Since Joanne Leighton first realised the project in Belfort, France, in 2011, the Vigil has been running almost continually in various countries. And the project will continue after Munich: in 2021, »Türmer« will watch over Kingston upon Hull and Paris. »It is new every time, in every new city! ›Türmer München‹ has never been done before, and yet we have been doing the project for ten years. The work’s authorship is always the same«, as Leighton puts it. To find out more about the project and the particular features of the Munich version, read the detailed interview with Joanne Leighton.

The Shelter was designed by Benjamin Tovo. The architect graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI – les Ateliers). In cooperation with other architects, scenographers and graphic designers, Tovo collaborates in architectural transformations as well as temporary and permanent exhibitions. His activities as visual artist and teacher has given him a holistic understanding of creation and has, among other things, led to his collaboration with choreographer Joanne Leighton.

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