ODYSSEY: Dead Men Die

Opera Lab Berlin

Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Det norse komponistfond

"Mankind had to inflict horrible things on itself before the self, the identical, purposive, male character of man was formed, and something of that still recurs in every childhood." (Adorno/Horkheimer in the "Odyssey" chapter of "Dialectic of Enlightenment"/"Dialektik der Aufklärung") Even in its day and age Homer’s "Odyssey" was testimony to a deep societal crisis and an attempt to overcome the same by violently restoring the "good old days". In "ODYSSEY: Dead Men Die" this propaganda is mercilessly put on trial. A dysfunctional family clashes during a screening of the newest Odyssey-blockbuster: the frustrated cinema landlady, her angry son and the no longer relevant Odysseus-actor, who abandoned his family years ago. They all genuinely yearn for a better world, suffer from the social conditions and seek their salvation in seemingly overcoming these; until the servants, blinded by rage, begin to revolt… "ODYSSEY: Dead Men Die" is a spectacular music theater farce, a cinematic stop-and-go cruise, an apocalyptic musical and theatrical firework of styles, a jarring requiem for the patriarchal order, in which the greatest tragedy of our era - that all resistance preserves that which it is directed against - is only bearable as grotesque.

Composer and Artistic Director: Evan Gardner

Director: Michael Höppner

Musical Directors: Shin-Joo Morgantini, Louis Bona

Stage Designer: Martin Miotk

Costume Design: Hanna Rode

Video Artist: Christian Striboll

Sound Design: Giovanni Zaniol

Light Design: Fabian Eichner

Make-Up: Martin Rink

Production Management: Christine Elbel

Marketing and Press: Dominique Schweizer

Assistant Director: Amina Nouns

Assistant Stage Designer: Johanna Schraut

Stage Construction: Jörg Fischer

Live Sound: Tilman Agüeras

Copysist: Marco Mazzai

Musical Dramaturgy: Giulia Fornasier

Graphic Deisgners: Simon Pilati, Karolina Skomra

Cinema Landlady/Penelope: Gina May Walter (soprano)

Cineast/Telemachus: Georg A. Bochow (countertenor)

Actor/Odysseus: Martin Gerke (baritone)

Dead Man: David Eggert (cello)

Maids(Sirens): Nina Guo (soprano) and Sophie Catherin (mezzosoprano)

Maids: Evi Filippou (percussion), Shin-Joo Morgantini (flute), Alba Gentili-Tedeschi (keyboards), Jone Bolibar Nunez (clarinet), Sara Breznikar (horn), Louis Bona (viola), Benedikt Bindewald (viola), Giovanni Zaniol (electronics), Matthias Koole (guitar)

World premiere on January 30th 2020 at Berlin Delphi Theatre (further Performances: 31. January and 2.-4. February 2020

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