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Opera Lab Berlin believes in a multifaceted approach to contemporary musical theatre, producing large scale works, organising co-operative projects with other artists, and most recently launching the experimental drama series IM FELD (IN THE FIELD). IM FELD brings together a composer, a director and a small ensemble in Berlin’s Acker Stadt Palast for one week of rehearsals and performances, providing an open space for the creation of new experimental musical theatre where artistic creativity can meet open-minded, curious audiences in an intimate setting. Meanwhile, annual larger scale productions at Ballhaus Ost have already been planned for the coming years.
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Ostravaganza

funded by initiative neue musik e.V.

The documentary "Ostravaganza – Discovery of East German Avant-Garde" is currently in production. Director Martin Miotk accompanies culture journalist Marion Christen at her search for traces of the true origin of avant-garde music.


The story: Six East German artists didn’t only give rise to the most important innovations of New Music, they also still indulge experimental music in a subversive cultural underground in senior residencies and cultural centers. The sprightly pensioners officially personate as schlager- and entertainment stars and disguise their performances as nostalgic shows and tea dances, where they already had to hide their avant-gardist artistic work under dictation of the GDR regime. These pioneers of the radical modernism now push into the public to present their “Ostravaganza” to a broad audience. The musical avant-garde was originated in the East, was betrayed, dispossessed, forgotten and finally shall be rehabilitated. Including coming-outs, nervous break-downs, confession orgys and emotional minefields…

Presentation: (TBA)

CONCEPT: Martin Miotk and Jennifer Walshe

DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION DESIGN: Martin Miotk

COSTUME DESIGN: Andy Besuch

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK: Jennifer Walshe

MUSICAL DIRECTION: Nina Guo

AUSSTATTUNG: Christina Lelli

CAMERA: Andrea Bonetti, Evan Gardner

SOUND: Giovanni Zaniol, Felix von Dohlen

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Marta Blazanovic-Drefers

ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Evan Gardner

WITH: Marion ChristenDagmar Gelbke, Giso Weißbach, Desirée Mansky-Kalauke, Sabine Desskouw, Dr. Gabi Thöns, Barbara Lauritzen, and Alba Gentili-Tedeschi (Piano), David Eggert (Cello), Jack Adler-McKean (Serpent), Jone Bolibar Núñez (Clarinet), Shin-Joo Morgantini (Flute), Nina Guo (Soprano), Matthias Koole (Guitar), Francesca Verga (Music Transcription) 

Stimmung

a production by Opera Lab Berlin, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

Originally composed for an a-capella-choir by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Stimmung is reinterpreted as a musical dance theatre by Opera Lab Berlin under artistic direction of Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart. The vocal occurrence is translated into a spatial-corporal event which allows an examination with Stockhausen's societal utopia. The occupation with the transcendental as an artistic antithesis to capitalistic rationalism, to western lifestyle and to the bourgeois concert ritual is more topical than ever. The ensemble – a community of dancing singers - and the audience will undertake a quest for meaning within the contrast of separation and collectivity. The former church room of Ballhaus Ost invites to invoke artistic and real paradises within transcendental homelessness. Stimmung equally becomes God's requiem mass and a spiritual resuscitation attempt. This dance and music theatric liturgy of tragicomical encounters with the last things opens the question, if not the transcendental itself is standing in earthly felicity's way.

Premiere: TBA

COMPOSITION: Karlheinz Stockhausen 

CHOREOGRAPHY: Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: David Eggert, Francesca Verga

STAGE & COSTUME DESIGN: Cristina Nyffeler

LIGHT DESIGN: Emese Csornal 

DRAMATURGY: Michael Höppner

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Christine Elbel 

CHOREOGRAFIC ASSISTANT: Roshanak Morrowatian

PRODUCTION INTERN: Giulia Fornasier

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Evan Gardner

Soprano: Gina May Walter, Nina Guo

Alto: Sophie Catherin

Tenor: Magnus H. Jonsson, David Eggert

Bass: Julien Ségol