The Song of the Earth
from NOVOFLOT, after Gustav Mahler
Music Theater | World Premiere
October 12.-14. & 19.-21.| 20:00
Gustav Mahler’s famous work – revised for the 21st century by NOVOFLOT.
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was an idiosyncratic pioneer of musical modernism, which broke the then widespread will to systematic homogeneity and moved in favor of contradictory musical patchworks. The Berlin opera company NOVOFLOT works similarly patchwork-like. Newly composed as well as improvised and already existing music weave together into a newly invented music-theatrical context. In the midst of a scenic, danced and cinematic environment in which Mahler’s composition would never be suspected, auditory and visual axes appear, making the famous cycle of songs not recognizable as a work of art of a bygone era, but as an organism with extremely active volcanic properties. And fierce smoke signals announce a coming eruption.
Press reactions about NOVOFLOT:
“Eliminating gravity and then being able to juggle with elements of music theater without having everything fall to the ground is a specialty of Novoflot.” (Der Tagesspiegel)
“A seduction to the genre of opera. The ingenuity lurks in all corners of the production.” (TAZ)
“Loud, disenchanted world, and yet … whitewashed with that breath of dreamy hope that makes it a laboratory where faith is possible again – even a discursive contemporary music theater.” (Opernwelt)
NOVOFLOT is a free Berlin opera company. It was founded in 2002 and since then has produced more than 25 productions. Novoflot are: Sven Holm, Vicente Larrañaga, Malte Ubenauf and Dörte Wolter. Production and venues of NOVOFLOT were among others.: Hamburg State Opera, Théâtre National du Luxembourg, Trafó in Budapest, Transmediale, Radialsystem, Sophiensaele, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Hamburger Bahnhof, Akademie der Künste, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Gare du North in Basel.
In 2014, NOVOFLOT were awarded the George Tabori Prize.
Trailer George Tabori Preis 2014
The Bibel – Interpreted by NOVOFLOT #1 Der Schrei, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / Trailer
With Antonis Anissegos, Chris Dahlgren, Tora Augestad, Ichi Go, Tara Bacia, Elisa Fluch and the Wind Orchestra Köpenick. Director: Sven Holm / Conductor: Vicente Larrañaga / Film: Mirko Borscht / Stage: Elisa Limberg / Costumes: Nina von Mechow / Dramaturgy: Malte Ubenauf / Production Manager: Dörte Wolter
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe