Jonathan Stockhammer conducts the Camerata Salzburg in four performances of Les Robots ne connaissent pas le Blues oder Die Entführung aus dem Serail as part of the Wiener Festwochen from the 26th May. In this production, the Ivorian/German performance group Gintersdorfer/Klaßen and director Benedikt von Peter deconstruct Mozart’s opera together, written 235 years ago.
Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail deals with the meeting of two cultures like no other opera. Gintersdorfer/Klaßen aim to re-imagine the work through collaborative authorship and confront the participants with uncomfortable situations: on the one hand, spontaneity and improvisation challenge the classically-trained musicians, and on the other, the set conventions of opera are unsettled by the Ivorian showbiz stars that are part of the performance group.
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen includes the Ivorian performers singer SKelly, showbiz star Gadoukou la Star and Gotta Depri, who will share the stage with punk musician Ted Gaier of Goldene Zitronen, the ensemble singers of the Bremen Theater and the actor Hauke Heumann.
26 – 28/5/2017
Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Halle E
The power of truth
“Satyagraha” is a Sanskrit word referring to the power of truth, and was the central concept of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance. It also provided Philip Glass with the starting point for his operatic portrait of the Indian independence leader. This April, to mark the composer’s 80th birthday, Jonathan Stockhammer will give the opera’s Swiss premiere at Theater Basel.
With this production Jonathan Stockhammer makes his debut at Theater Basel; this new staging will be directed by dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with dancers from his Eastman company. The conductor will return to lead the production at the Komische Oper Berlin next season, who are co-producers along with Opera Vlaanderen.
28/4 – 18/6/17