In cooperation with the Dutch sound artists Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, the Festival of the Regions Upper Austria and the European network IN SITU, La Strada 2021 crosses temporal and geographical borders. This year, not only urban spaces will be artistically explored, but also a very special landscape space, that of the Dachstein Glacier on the border of Styria with Upper Austria. The festival is also expanding its time frame: The first major project of this year's festival summer already begins at the summer solstice. At sunrise on Sunday, June 20th, 2021.

Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk explore natural and cultural spaces compositionally. They prefer to work with voices (Bauwien van der Meer, Els Mondelaers, Michaela Riener, Linde Schinkel, Mijke Sekhuis, Isabelle Storms) and electroacoustic sounds and take the audience on a sound journey. The spatial sound installation by the two Dutch sound researchers and composers forms the climax of a landscape opera whose overture already begins in the valleys. The comprehensive project involves the local community in the artistic design process, based on and referring to their current lifeworlds and regional cultural identities. It invites partners and experts from the region (Alpine Club, Friends of Nature, Mountain Rescue, municipalities, tourism and cable car companies, environmental specialists, glacier and natural scientists, artists and cultural workers) to address the issue of climate change and glacier retreat in a subtle way and with respect for this vast archive of cultural and natural history, and together possibly make a lasting contribution to raising awareness of this explosive issue. On several paths of approach, the landscape opera grows into a common encounter and musical highlight on the glacier massif. For the overture, groups of artists, scientists, experts and participants approach the glacier from all directions on foot in high alpine hikes – the "opera guests" are brought to the glacier by buses and the mountain railroad – after a one-hour walk at the beginning of the day, the curtain goes up and everyone together becomes part of the opera premiere of Signal am Dachstein.

I hope that, in addition to the impressions of the landscape opera, one thing above all will remain: sustainable relationships and joint action for the future of the climate-sensitive Alpine region.

For more than five years we have been working on the concept for "Signal am Dachstein", with which we are jointly pursuing a whole range of important goals. It is about nothing less than broadening horizons and shifting perspectives. To establish interdisciplinary connections between artists, scientists and the people in the region. Because creativity belongs not only on the stage or in the lecture hall, but also in everyday life.

Especially since it will need the creative power in the commitment against climate change, for whose importance on the Dachstein – unfortunately – a very clear sign can be set. Because this glacier will not disappear sometime in the distant future, but within the lifetime of many participants.

"Signal at the Dachstein" is the artistic prelude of an international series of landscape operas, which will deal with local effects of globally human-induced changes in nature in different regions of Europe

Werner Schrempf, artistic director La Strada Graz

Sustainability is important to us. The graphic La Strada products are produced climate neutrally by Medienfabrik Graz and together with ClimatePartner we support sustainable development in the Alpine region.

The project "Signal am Dachstein" thrives on the interaction of all participants and partners from the entire region.

The overtures of the landscape opera SIGNAL AM DACHSTEIN
Overture 1: By bus and cable car to the glacier
The glacier – an archive of natural and cultural history

Starting from different locations in Styria, Upper Austria and Salzburg, the participants will set out by bus during the night to jointly approach the natural and cultural historical development of the fantastic landscape of the Dachstein massif. The design of this path to the overture of the landscape opera will be done together with artists from the region who have a special connection to this extraordinary natural space. Let's put an ear to the glacier, listen closely and hear what is melting away and what is now slowly being released from this gigantic archive of natural and cultural history inscribed in the ice.

Bauwien van der Meer
Els Mondelaers
Michaela Riener
Linde Schinkel
Mijke Sekhuis
Isabelle Storms

All seats to participate in the overture are already taken.

The overtures 2 to 6 are internal club tours and illuminate diverse perspectives on hiking stages lasting several days. They deal with the relationship between man and nature in a sensitive artistic manner and place the dwindling glaciers of the Dachstein massif at the center of perception. In exchange with cooperation partners, alpinists, artists and experts create different choreographies of approach, which are visually and acoustically documented and subsequently prepared and made accessible to the public.

At the climax of the landscape opera "Signal am Dachstein", the participants of Overture 2 to 6 will meet with the participants of Overture 1 on the glacier.

Overture 2: Biodiversity

High alpine hike from Weißenbach near Haus/Ennstal via the 3 lakes Ahornsee, Grafenbergsee, Silberkarsee to the Guttenberghaus. From there on to the glacier.
In cooperation with: TVN Haus/Ennstal, ÖAV Haus/Ennstal and ÖBRD Team Haus/Ennstal

Overture 3: Forest and Pasture

High alpine hike from Gröbming and Bad Mitterndorf to Hirzberg and Guttenberghaus. From there on to the glacier. In cooperation with: ÖAV Gröbming, ÖAV Bad Mitterndorf, Ausseerland and the ÖBRD Gröbming and Upper Enns Valley area.

Overture 4: Geology

High alpine hike from Obertraun via the Gjaidalm, to the Taubenkogel, Gjaidkar to the Simonyhütte. From there on to the glacier. In collaboration with: ÖBRD Obertraun, ÖAV Hallstatt and Ausseerland, TVN Obertraun.

Overture 5: Meteorology

High alpine hike from Hallstatt via Wiesberghaus and Simonyhütte to the action area.
In cooperation with: Naturefriends Upper Austria with OG Lenzing, ÖBRD Obertraun and ÖAV Hallstatt.

Overture 6: Glaciology

High alpine hike via the Gosauseen to the Adamekhütte, from there via the Steinerscharte to the Hallstättergletscher. In cooperation with: ÖAV OG Gosau, ÖAV Bad Goisern and the ÖBRD Upper Austria.

Further approaches to the glacier:

Trail a: "Hunerscharte"
Night ascent from the Türlwandhütte – Sonnerwendfeuer platz area via the Südwandhütte to the Hunerscharte. From there continue to the glacier.
In collaboration with: PES Schladming

Trail b: "Climbing tour
Night climb via the Johann via ferrata to the Dachstein Warte.
In cooperation with: ÖBRD Ramsau

Trail c: "Salzburg trail
Night ascent starting from Filzmoos via the Bachlalm,
the Windlegerkar to the Steinerscharte and further to the Hallstätter Glacier.
In cooperation with: ÖBRD Filzmoos

To get in the mood

April 28, 2021
School project "GlacierQuadrat on the Planai".

An applied mathematics project in connection with geography and glaciology.
Illustration of the reduction of the Dachstein glacier within 170 years.
A project of MS Schladming in cooperation with Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen, Wintersportverein Schladming, Kulturamt der Stadt Schladming.
Initiated by: Lois Strimitzer and the team of teachers of the MS Schladming.

End of May 2021
Exploration of the sound space

The sound artist Katharina Pfennich explores the inner sound space of the mountain in the context of a guided tour of the Dachstein Südwand Cave together with the ÖAV Cave Group Schladming under the direction of Toni Streicher and Julian Zehentleitner.

June 1, 2021 / 8 pm at the valley station of the Planaibahn Schladming.
Cave lecture "The giant cave systems in the Dachstein south face".

by Robert Seebacher, Association for Cave Exploration in Upper Styria.
Together with the municipality of Schladming, cultural department: GR Brigitte Pürcher and the cultural departments of the communities Ramsau am Dachstein and Haus im Ennstal.

To kick off „ÜBERhören und ÜBERsehen“

June 18, 2021 / 8 pm in Ramsau am Dachstein.
Forum in cooperation with the communities Ramsau am Dachstein, Schladming, Haus im Ennstal

We live in a time of extraordinary challenges for society worldwide. Pandemics, global warming, wars, famines, politically and religiously motivated exclusion of people, disregard for human rights, refugee movements, influences of capital-rich companies, mechanization of all areas of life. All of this is currently of great concern to us, because all too much does not stop at our valleys and villages and mountains. It seems as if no stone has been left unturned for a long time. Everything and everyone seems to be in a state of violent upheaval. In addition to this, the landscape is also undergoing significant changes, most notably the climate-induced "melting of the glaciers", whether caused by a natural process of the earth's history or by the massive influence of industrial societies. What does it mean when we lose the "roof of ice and snow"? Is it not much more than a mere phenomenon of nature? Doesn't it also have an immense symbolic effect?

Sharpening our view of all this and raising awareness of these changes, that is the idea behind the project "Signal am Dachstein". The forum "ÜBERhören und ÜBERsehen" joins the topic and pursues the questions: Can connections be seen and explained? How can the abundance of interdependencies be understood? What does it mean when a landscape loses its familiar authenticity? Does a new reality then emerge? Does it perhaps require a completely new view of our living world? Do we even listen and look closely enough? Or do we MIShear and OVERlook essentials? And how is all this in harmony with our responsibility towards future generations? The forum is intended to open up perspectives from the outside in, stimulated by participants who each have their own special relationship to the Dachstein region.

Forum participants:
Fanny Krausz (actress), Johannes Gutmann (founder Sonnentor), Ferdinand Seebacher (actor), Alfred Mayerhofer (costume designer), Catalina Molina (film director)

Moderation: Frido Hütter
Live music and performance: Paul Plut (Musician) & Markus Köhle (writer, author)