All the senses are in uproar. In an experimental opera space, dynamic coal drawings by Albert Oehlen collide and intertwine with the dense texts of Rainald Goetz. D • I • E is a place of irresistible transformation. Michael Wertmüller dispatches three singers, a rapper and an actor in search of clear form and meaning in words, bodies and sounds that are consistently elusive. A string quartet, avantcore, electronica and garage punk become the orchestra celebrating, negating and dissolving these styles as Wertmüller throws open the doors to an ecstatic overloaded trance.
In a multiverse with no particular direction, Oehlen’s drawings transform in time. The music moves them tirelessly from one shape to another in the form of holographic sculptures. On stage they fleetingly encounter living bodies. A journey that never arrives, an art that defies categories and definitions – this is the vision that Wertmüller, Oehlen and Goetz share.
And what is D • I • E about? Is it about a woman? About dying? About grammar? About lines, dots and letters? All these answers are correct – and all the questions obsolete.
A Ruhrtriennale production.