Posted on May 12, 2013

‘Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North’ published by renowned German weekly magazine ‘Der Spiegel’

Great news! The renowned German weekly magazine DER SPIEGEL, one of Europe’s largest publications, has featured an online article on “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North.” This captivating short documentary by Nils Clauss, a Seoul based filmmaker and cinematographer by trade, has recently earned a nomination for the prestigious GERMAN WEB VIDEO AWARD.

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Capturing the Essence of “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North”

The documentary, recently selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, now adds another feather to its cap with a nomination for the GERMAN WEB VIDEO AWARD in the “For Your Information” (FYI) category. Directed and filmed by Nils Clauss, this documentary unfolds the unique visit of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO) to Pyongyang, North Korea.

The Film’s Journey

“Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North” delves into the Munich Chamber Orchestra’s joint rehearsals at the Pyongyang Kim Won Gyun Conservatory. This is coupled with one-to-one chamber music classes for North Korean students. The three-day intensive rehearsals culminate in a mesmerizing closing concert. Facilitated by the Goethe-Institut Korea, this cross-cultural exchange becomes a testament to the power of music in transcending borders.

Cinematic Vision behind the Curtains

Nils Clauss, a renowned cinematographer based in Seoul, South Korea, plays a pivotal role as the director and cinematographer of this extraordinary project. His lens captures the intricacies of rehearsals, cultural exchanges, and the grand closing concert. His observations unveil the intersection of classical music and diplomacy. The documentary provides a rare glimpse into North Korea’s classical music scene. It sheds light on the challenges and triumphs faced by musicians navigating language barriers and distinct cultural landscapes.

A Dialogue Through Music: Goethe Institut’s Cultural Initiative

Despite profound differences, musicians from Germany and North Korea find common ground through a shared love of music. The documentary captures this subtle yet powerful dialogue that transcends political boundaries, creating a unique harmony on the Pyongyang stage. Arranged by the Goethe-Institut Korea, this initiative aimed to foster cultural exchange through music, bringing together artists from different corners of the world.

Musical Diplomacy Continues: A Lasting Legacy

Nils Clauss’s lens unveils the cinematic exploration of this cultural exchange. “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North” captures not only the musical performances but also the human connections formed on the stage and behind the scenes. The legacy of the Munich Chamber Orchestra’s concert in Pyongyang echoes beyond the closing notes. “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North” stands as a testament to the power of music in transcending borders and fostering understanding.

A Rare Glimpse into North Korea’s Music Scene

In a controlled state that occasionally allows outsiders, “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North” presents a unique exchange arranged by the Goethe-Institut. Members of the Munich Chamber Orchestra provide lessons to North Korean students, culminating in a concert alongside local musicians. Despite language barriers and diverse experiences, a subtle yet powerful dialogue emerges, fueled by curiosity and a shared love of music.