[2016, HD video, 20'27 TRT, audio and color]
One day, a man and a woman, who walk the paths of the forest each day, notice that of two side-by-side trees, which they always admire, one has been cut. The couple contacts their forester directly to express their dissatisfaction. Forester Uli had cut the tree due to disease caused from the cars driving along the trail beside it. Feeling terrible himself about the tree’s destruction, Uli is especially surprised when, four weeks later, the couple approaches him again. “We have found it,” they say. “The tree is now growing only 100 meters down the way.”
Caution Baum is the first in the three-tiered work, Caution bomb. The project as a whole takes up the US Homeland Security motto 'See something, Say something'. Caution Baum, an opera, stems from research within and about Stuttgart, Germany, adjacent to the Black Forest, birthplace of Rudolph Steiner's aesthetics, and hub of Germany's Green Party. Throughout the opera the performers whisper the line ‘see something, say something’ with regards to the death and reappearance of a tree/Baum, as well as embodying both forest and forester through the language of biodiversity.
The video incorporates footage from the world premiere of Caution Baum by Danielle Adair, a short opera for six vocalists, three instrumentalists, and video at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, Germany.
Creator/Director/Librettist: Danielle Adair
Instrumentalists: Hanna Kaiser, Anja Füsti, Timm Roller
Vocalists: Matias Bocchio, Simone Eisele, Christie Finn, Alessia Park, Marius Schötz, Pascal Zurek
Collaboration, stage and costumes: Annette Wolf
Collaboration, voice and movement: Petra Stransky
Stage Cameras: Hanae Utamura, Lisa Rave, Alex Reynolds
Stage Electronics: Professor Piet Johan Meyer
Stage Head: Christoph Sommer
Construction: Ralf Beyer
Stage Lights: Chris Beckett
Stage Projections and Operation: Danielle Adair
Musikhochschule Organization: Professor Angelika Luz
Akademie Schloss Solitude Organization: Marieanne Roth and Clara Herrmann
Congress Organization, Program and Press: Christina Richter-Ibáñez
Video and Editing: Danielle Adair
Special Thank You to Foresters Uli Herkle and Stefan Laur and to Akademie Schloss Solitude.