German – Term 2
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Die Zauberflöte in Auckland

The Goethe-Institut, with special funds from the German Foreign Office, was thrilled to be able to support the exciting and innovative production of Mozart’s Magic Flute staged by Berlin based Australian, Barrie Kosky, of the Komische Oper in Berlin, at the recent Auckland Arts Festival.

The German Ambassador and the director of the Goethe-Institut hosted a reception before the opening night performance. Guests were delighted by a choral offering from 6 young choir boys from Munich who shared the roles of the three boys in the opera. This production combines outstanding performances by singers from the Komische Oper with animations referencing silent movies and a creative range of 1920s imagery with which the performers could interact. The result was a visual as well as an auditory feast!

Maestro Jordan de Souza, who conducted the opera, also ran an inspiring masterclass for young New Zealand singers and conductors in the Opera Centre in Auckland. This was supported by the Goethe-Institut, the University of Auckland and the Auckland Festival.


CLIL Workshop for teachers of German

On Tuesday 19th March, teachers of German in Auckland attended a hands-on workshop with CLIL expert, Dr Jutta Rymarczyk, on using art in the German language classroom incorporating a real or pop up gallery visit. Even working with less than perfect reproductions, the artworks stimulated a huge range of reactions, thoughts and connections. Simple activities, like choosing a single word in the target language to link two works of art or describe a single one, and then write the word using a single rope or chain were powerful and provocative.

Art is an ideal content area to combine with a language, as it provokes varied responses, and it is possible to respond with very simple language elements as well as at a more sophisticated level. Participants were also inspired to explore other content areas to combine with language learning, as cross curricular approaches seem to offer exciting possibilities.

Kunstwerke für den Workshop am Goethe-Institut, Auckland 2019

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Gerhard Richter, Kerze, 1982, 90 x 95 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Otto Dix, Meine Eltern, 1924, 118 x 130 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Heinrich Vogeler, Das Konzert (»Sommerabend«), 1905, 310 x 175 cm, Öl auf Leinwand
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Anselm Kiefer, Die Frauen der Revolution, 1992/2013 (detail), 350 x 442 cm, lead beds: dimensions variable, photograph on lead Franz Mark, Rote Rehe II, 1912, 70 x 100 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Ernst Barlach, Frierende Alte, 307 x 470 cm, Bronze

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Käthe Kollwitz, Saatfrüchte sollen nicht vermahlen werden, 1941. Lithographie, auf festem Velin 37 x 39,5 cm. Papier: 46,5 x 58 cm.  Neo Rauch, Pfad, 2003 George Grosz, Die Stützen der Gesellschaft, 1926, 200 x 108 cm, Öl auf Leinwand
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Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Der Gestürzte, 1915, Höhe: 78 cm, Breite: 240 cm, Tiefe: 82 cm Paula Modersohn-Becker, Sitzendes Mädchen mit verschränkten Armen, 1903. 577 × 720 cm Rosa Loy (1024 × 360)
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Rosa Loy (2560 × 667) Emil Nolde, Meer mit hellvioletter Wolke, Aquarell