HUM-AN Orchestra

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Opera Lab Berlin

HUM-AN Orchestra

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Opera Lab Berlin

On its way to completing the Digital Revolution, humanity has to seek to overcome bias and prejudices that echo from the past. In this music-theatrical adaptation of Mauricio Kagel’s „Zwei Mann Orchester“ humans themselves are integrated seamlessly into a collective digital machine and explore their new digitalised inter-human dynamics, that must rebel against the status-quo. Human interactions become data transfer. Bodies are extended into the digital. Clouds of soot become an omnipotent digital cloud. Where is this all-encompassing machine heading? Who controls the System?

While Kagel's giant multi-layered sculpture of ropes, wires and pulleys still visualizes the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution and its world designed by and for the white man, Opera Lab Berlin brings this piece into the 21st century and beyond, to a future where wires become wireless connections, ropes become digital networks, the transfer of energy becomes transfer of information and - and this is truly revolutionary - humans are no longer in a mere external controlling function. The processes are internalised.

The genesis of this project is intersectional, multimedial and collaborative. They leave structures of the Old World behind and organise themselves in a decentralised network, they counter quantum artificial intelligence with non-binary human swarm intelligence. What does the body mean in the world wide web? What is above the omnipresent Cloud?

Join us on our journey up and beyond, into the uncertain.

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Opera Lab Berlin, founded in 2013, is a Berlin ensemble for contemporary music theatre and a laboratory for voice and instruments. We are devoted to combining contemporary music with all performing arts. The ensemble brings together artists from all angles of music theatre. We filter, boil and distill, dissolve, burn and freeze, combine, crystalize and melt; until something new emerges.

Music Theater
Premiere

Wednesday

23. Feb | 8:00 pm

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Thursday

24. Feb | 8:00 pm

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Friday

25. Feb | 8:00 pm

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Saturday

26. Feb | 8:00 pm

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Sunday

27. Feb | 8:00 pm

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Admission charge: 10 € - 15 €
duration: ca. 60 min | no pause

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Voice: Nina Guo
Violin: Davis West
Accordion : Franka Herwig
Dance: Ruben Nsue
Viola: Amanda Bailey
Cello: Guilherme Rodrigues
Piano / Synthesizer: Alba Gentili-Tedeschi
Composition: Mauricio Kagel
Director: Gina May Walter
Musical director, arrangement : Francesca Verga
Choreography/movement director: Ruben Nsue
Stage design : Isabelle Kaiser
Video: Samuel Chalela Puccini
Costume design: Christina Lelli
Light and technical director : Max Rux
Live electronic designer: Simon Walker
Communication Design: Sophie Pischel
Producer: Julie Kurzke
Production Assistance: Tine Elbel
Artistic Director, arrangement : Evan Gardner

Press Votes

“Among the music theater groups in the capital's independent scene, the Opera Lab Berlin troupe is undoubtedly one of the most experimental and refreshing. The name says it all, the collective sees itself as a creative laboratory. The bulging, often brightly coloured pieces of the group are simultaneously opera and instrumental theatre, performance and walk-in installation. Trash and camp go hand in hand with satire, sharp criticism and biting farce.“ Eckhard Weber (Siegessäule, February 2020)

The realization of the project is made possible by funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds