What is to be done? - A cabinet of curiosities

An Opera Lab Berlin creation

Supported by Initiativ Neue Musik Berlin

A myriad of distinct theatrical compositions form a contemporary music theater mirroring the life in bourgeois Bohemia. A commune of revolutionary sleepers and sleeping revolutionaries is put under the gun: the audience transforms into prospective buyers on a musical performative viewing tour and focuses on the art and every day life of the intermediate renters. Through the magic of music theater a battle of clashing life plans, living dreams and lived realities in our present emerges. The director Anna-Sophie Weber and Opera Lab Berlin are developing a devised work of music theater composed of theatrical compositions of contemporary music by various composers (Helmut Lachenmann, Peter Ablinger, Jennifer Walshe, Brigitta Muntendorf, Dieter Schnebel, Georges Aperghis, Simon Steen-Andersen, Carola Bauckholt, Hugo Morales Murguia, Neo Hülcker, Matthias Kaul und Aaron Einbond). Inspired by Tschernyschewsky’s 1863 social-utopian novel “What is to be done?”, in which young members of a commune in Moscow seek a new life and experiment with changing the macrocosm of society within their microcosm, we pursue the question: What is it like today, the right life within the false?

with:

Director: Anna-Sophie Weber

Stage and Costume Design: Tatjana Reeh

Musical Director: Jack Adler-McKean

Light Design: Fabian Eichner

Make-Up: Martin Rink

Dramaturgy: Michael Höppner

Arrangement: Evan Gardner

Soprano: Gina May Walter 

Percussion: Evdoxia Filippou

Flute: Shin-Joo Morgantini

Violoncello: David Eggert

Countertenor: Georg Bochow

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