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CREATION

Zelle

Jamie Man

16 September 2022

20 September 2022
@Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
16 September 2022
@Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
20 - 21 October 2021
@Theater Casino Zug - Zug
09 October 2021
@deSingel
08 October 2021
@deSingel

ZELLE / Wenn es Dunkel Wird 

CELL / When Darkness Falls

 

Premiere: October 8th, 2021

It is winter. A woman is found alone in a small hut high up in the mountains. She is suspected of having killed her children. The interrogator questions the woman and in doing so, receives no answers, leading her instead to reflect on her own state of mind. As time passes, the fog thickens and clarity dissipates as it becomes harder and harder to find what was never lost.

A mind in a body in a room in a story in a mind in a body in the world. One by one, the layers fall away in a ritual of unravelling and we are immersed in darkness, in light, in sky, as we follow the transformative power of letting go of the need for answers to our questions.

 

For her new chamber opera ZELLE: Wenn es dunkel wird the British-Chinese composer and director Jamie Man 文珮玲 joins forces with the Swiss writer and librettist Peter Stamm. What binds them is the quest for what is real, for the truth beneath the reality. With influences including the dark surrealism of David Lynch, the narrative montage techniques of Jean-Luc Godard and Japanese Nō theatre, ZELLE: Wenn es dunkel wird explores the boundaries of what is visible, audible and knowable.

 

 

Distribution

 

 

Composition & direction  Jamie Man 文珮玲

Text  Peter Stamm

Light & scenography  Ezra Veldhuis

Dramaturgy  Tomas Serrien

Materials & costume  Fredrik Tjærandsen

 

Soprano  Natascha Young

Countertenor  Steve Katona

Nōh  Ryoko Aoki 青木 涼子

Throat singer  Jackie Janssens

 

Ensemble  Asko | Schönberg

Electric guitar  Wiek Hijmans

Percussion  Noe Rodriguez

Electronics  4DSounds

 

Co-production

Production  LOD muziektheater

 

Coproduction  Theater- und Musikgesellschaft Zug (CH), deSingel Antwerp (BE), Asko Schönberg (NL), Palau de les Arts Reine Sofia (ES), De Munt / La Monnaie Bruxelles (BE), Festival Aix-en-Provence (FR) & Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (PT) 

 

with the support of enoa

Distribution

 

 

Composition & direction  Jamie Man 文珮玲

Text  Peter Stamm

Light & scenography  Ezra Veldhuis

Dramaturgy  Tomas Serrien

Materials & costume  Fredrik Tjærandsen

 

Soprano  Natascha Young

Countertenor  Steve Katona

Nōh  Ryoko Aoki 青木 涼子

Throat singer  Jackie Janssens

 

Ensemble  Asko | Schönberg

Electric guitar  Wiek Hijmans

Percussion  Noe Rodriguez

Electronics  4DSounds

 

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