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Music theatre / World Premiere

KeIN LIcHt. (2011/2012/2017)

Philippe Manoury, Julien Leroy
Nicolas Stemann, IRCAM

plainpicture / Wolfgang Uhlig

A Thinkspiel by Philippe Manoury and Nicolas Stemann
Adapted from the stage play „Kein Licht.“ by Elfriede Jelinek

Using the additional texts „Epilog?“ (2012) and
„Der Einzige, sein Eigentum (Hello darkness, my old friend)“ (2017)

Two particles wander through space. Particles? Perhaps they are two musicians: the first and second violins. An absurd scenario. Voices A and B speak to each other, but they can’t hear each other... Without even mentioning the words Fukushima or nuclear power ‘Kein Licht. (2011/2012/2017)’ presents a ghostly world in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. We experience a great, frenzied lament which takes issue with our faith in our ability to control technology and in which the screams of the victims of the disaster form a ghostly echo – while another voice is making itself heard. The Austrian Nobel Prize-winner Elfriede Jelinek continued her theatre text from 2011 in various ways. First she let a mourning individual return to the scene of the event. In 2017 she writes another additional text exclusively for the performance: „Der Einzige, sein Eigentum (Hello darkness, my old friend)“ Inspired by the about-turn of the new government of the United States of America concerning environmental and climate protection, this text deals with president Donald Trump’s playing with the world’s climate and nuclear energy without measure or reason as “the king”.

This text provides the libretto for a musical world premiere at the Ruhrtriennale. The French composer Philippe Manoury has written a new music theatre work. Its special feature is that the music itself becomes an unstable element. Manoury has worked together with director Nicolas Stemann to develop a new form in which pre-composed modules of the orchestral and electronic score are combined with live electronics that impact on the modulation of the singers and actors in real time. Music becomes language and language becomes music.

Aren’t we lucky that an atom, which is so small, has got so much space to materialize! We can give it that!

Elfriede Jelinek, „Kein Licht. (2011/2012/2017)“

The composer Philippe Manoury is regarded as one of the leading contemporary French composers and as a pioneer in the field of music with live electronics. Nicolas Stemann is one of most influential directors in Europe who has won multiple awards for his numerous productions of Jelinek’s texts. Under the musical direction of Julien Leroy, one of a new generation of French conductors, the actors Caroline Peters (“Actress of the Year” in 2016) and Niels Bormann will perform together with a cast of distinguished soloists and the highly regarded Luxembourgish ensemble Lucilin.

Cast

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

Caroline Seidel/Ruhrtriennale2017

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