Opera by Pascal Dusapin
Text Heiner Müller
After her world-acclaimed, debut opera production of 2005, »Dido & Aeneas« by Henry Purcell, the choreographer Sasha Waltz turned in 2007 her attention to the tragedy Medea.
At centre of her work are previous exegeses of materials, such as contemporary interpretations that contrast with the Antique image which painted Medea as Fury, revenger and child-murderer. Christa Wolf’s Novel »Medea. Stimmen« (Medea. Voices) and Heiner Müller’s »Medeamaterial« provide important impulses. Sasha Waltz appraises the feminine power of the healer and the mother – thus in her work the creative and destructive powers of the character are situated in pronounced tension.
Pascal Dusapin’s 1991 composition »Medeamaterial« with texts by Heiner Müller, reworked in cooperation with the Akademie für Alte Musik and the Vocalconsort Berlin, is the basis for this choreographic-musical examination of the Medea myth. Marcus Creed is musical director; the solo part of Medea is played by renowned coloratura soprano Caroline Stein. The exploration of these mythic materials allows the choreographer to engage with all her artistic capabilities. The world of antiquity is made palpable by way of expansive group formations, the archaic vocabulary of images melds with that of the movement.
Sasha Waltz in working with a large collective has found happy correspondence with the music of Pascal Dusapin who has the coloratura soprano accompanied by a chorus (from vocal quartet up to twenty singers), as partner, echo and reflection, almost throughout his opera. The contemporary composer Pascal Dusapin is very much involved with Antique Early Music: He wrote his opera »Medeamaterial« for the noted Baroque Orchestra de La Chapelle Royale and the Collegium Vocale Gent.
Direction / Choreography: Sasha Waltz
Musical Direction: Marcus Creed
Staging Concept / Video: Sasha Waltz
Stage Design: Pia Maier Schriever, Thomas Schenk, Heike Schuppelius
Costume: Christine Birkle
Light: Thilo Reuther
Dramaturgy: Jochen Sandig, Yoreme Waltz
Medea: Caroline Stein (Soprano)
Dance / Choreography: Liza Alpizar Aguilar, Jirí Bartovanec, Davide Camplani, Maria Marta Colusi, Lisa Densem, Gabriel Galindez Cruz, Virgis Puodziunas, Florencia Lamarca, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola,
Mata Sakka, Yael Schnell, Xuan Shi, Davide Sportelli, László Sandig, Luna Zscharnt
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests in cooperation with the the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg under the auspices of the European Culture Capital Luxembourg 2007, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Land Berlin.
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