In September 2022, "In C - Marler Partitur" was premiered in Marl by over hundred dancing citizens together with dancers from the company Sasha Waltz & Guests. The feedback from participants, audience members and Sasha Waltz herself was consistently positive, and the press was also enthusiastic. The prelude has been set - now the task is to establish "In C - Marler Partitur" as a permanent part of the city's culture.
The project is based on the unique characteristics of the city of Marl: Its visionary post-war architecture, which continues to shape the city today. What was a rural heath village until 1900 only became an urban entity through mining (city charter in 1936) and an important location in the economic plans of the National Socialist system through the chemical industry (Chemische Werke Hüls in 1938, part of the IG-Farben complex). After the war, Marl was able to build on its technological importance, but broke radically with the dictatorship and invested its wealth in the 1950s and 1960s under then-mayor Rudolf-Ernst Heiland and his city planner Günther Marschall Marl into a unique counter-design to the years of state uniformity. They placed education at the center of a city that wanted to offer egalitarian opportunities and participation. The new city hall in the center is designed as a stage for civic participation.
Hardly any other city after the war has understood its democratic claim so much as urban culture and implemented it structurally. Today, the town hall is being renovated. The enclosed building in the city center stands as a symbol of the new beginning. In the future, it is to remain the core of a network of important architectural monuments that extend as far as to the Scharoun School or the Paracelsus Clinic. Experience shows, however, that the neighborhoods and model settlements, like the educational institutions, can only be experienced through the active use and revitalization of the people. In a digital and mobile society, people come together physically in public less often than in the past. Marl's structural hardware therefore needs a software update: the young generation must discover it for themselves in order to establish new forms of use and fantasies, rituals and events. For this, they need practice in common forms of action. This is where "In C - Marler Partitur" comes into play.