Apparat (DJ set, DEU)

Apparat is one of the most interesting artists on the contemporary electronic scene, who is a sound illusionist who continually reformulates the parameters of dance music. Sascha Ring (his real name), is part of the unique Moderat group, which he forms together with Modeselektor, and which has toured the most important festivals globally.

He also stands out for his musical productions, among others, for the soundtrack of the acclaimed Netflix series Dark.

At Dantz Festival 2024, he will be in DJ format, showing his eclecticism and musical taste.

In 2012, Apparat (Sascha Ring) began a new scope of activity with the theatre. He composed the music for a production of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ by Sebastian Hartmann, one of the most influential theater directors in the German speaking area. After the performance at the renowned Ruhrfestspiele and the Leipzig Theater, the work received the distinction of being invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen, which is the German-language theater equivalent of an Oscar for the movies. Apparat’s music was released as an album on Mute.

In 2013 and 2014, Ring was bombarded by the wildly enthusiastic reactions to the second Moderat album. “I’ve heard this tune about a thousand times. It’s like a drug,” said Berghain DJ Marcel Dettmann of Moderat’s ‘Bad Kingdom’. “Best live show I’ve seen this year,” commented one Resident Advisor critic.

Ring had developed a taste for theater work. On his days off he composed the music for ‘Traumland’ – nominated for the Swiss film prize – and most recently the score for ‘Giovane favoloso’ by Italian director/screenwriter Mario Martone. It came as a complete surprise when Ring was awarded the Premio Piero Piccioni film score prize at the Venice Film Festival in the summer of 2014 for his work on the film about the legendary poet Giacomo Leopardi.

With his music, Apparat developed a personal perception of the world into an emotional framework of utterly original beauty, in the words of the prize jury. After that, Sebastian Hartmann called again. Ring is currently working with him on a production of Dostoyevsky’s ‘Demons’ for Germany’s biggest theatrical stage, the historical Schauspiel Frankfurt. At the same time, Ring is composing the music for two international movies that are still in production and awaiting release.