Discourse 2021

„Ring 20.21“

A multimedia project of the Bayreuth Festival, realized by BF Medien GmbH

with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Overall artistic direction: Prof. Katharina Wagner
Curator and program guide: Dr. Marie Luise Maintz

The Bayreuth Festival is preparing a special event with „Ring 20.21“: The performances of the „Walküre“ in the Festspielhaus, designed by the action artist Hermann Nitsch, will be framed by commissioned works in various artistic genres that mirror, comment on, continue or make it possible to experience all parts of the „Ring des Nibelungen“ in a new way. A musical theater for „Das Rheingold–Immer noch Loge“, which reveals a few surprises, opens in the Festspielpark with a composition by Gordon Kampe based on the libretto by Paulus Hochgatterer, staged and realized with puppets by Nikolaus Habjan.  In a multimedia work by Jay Scheib, the audience can put themselves in the shoes of „Siegfried“ and fight the dragon. An installation on „Götterdämmerung“ by the Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota will conclude the cycle in the Festspielpark in a way that is as filigree as it is overwhelming and visionary.

„Ring 20.21“ –

29. 07. 2021, 03.08.2021 & 19.08.2021

Individual projects
The Rheingold-Immer noch Loge

At and in the „pond“ below the Festspielhaus, the novel libretto is staged by three puppeteers using folding-mouth puppets. The musical version is performed by three vocal soloists, the „orchestra“ consists of seven musicians.
The playing time of the composition commissioned for this purpose („Immer noch Loge“) is approximately 60 minutes (without intermission). The maximum capacity of the audience will be determined on the basis of the official requirements in force at the time, and the performance will begin at 11:00 am.

Das Rheingold

29. 07. 2021, 11:00 Uhr

03. 08. 2021, 11:00 Uhr

19. 08. 2021, 11:00 Uhr


Bayreuth Festival GmbH


60 Minutes (without intermission)

The Valkyrie

Ten experienced Nitsch actors and extras will be the performers for painting, actions and processions under the direction of the action artist, while the vocal soloists will stand at the edge of the stage as in an oratorio. „Through the colors,“ explains Hermann Nitsch, „I will have the opportunity to respond to the music, of which I am a great lover, as colorful and sensual as it is.“


By means of „augmented reality“, a maximum of five visitors can simultaneously experience the dragon fight as Siegfried with VR glasses live (and accompanied by appropriate music) during the first and second intermission, as well as until about one hour after the end of the above-mentioned performance „Die Walküre“. The spectators and the five output counters of the glasses will be placed on the Wolfgang Wagner Square in front of the „Königsbau“, the dragon fight is designed for a total length of about 90 seconds.


29.07. 2021, during the 1st and 2nd intermission as well as until one hour after the end of the performance.

03.08. 2021, during the 1st and 2nd intermission as well as until one hour after the end of the performance

19.08. 2021, during the 1st and 2nd intermission as well as until one hour after the end of the performance


Bayreuth Festival GmbH


90 Sec.


An installation by Japanese artist Shiota Chiharu on the theme of Götterdämmerung will be on display on the open space in the Festival Park, to the left of the driveway of the Festival Hill. The installation will be freely accessible to all interested parties from July 29th until the end of the Bayreuth Festival 2021 on August 25th.


Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH