ODYSSEY: Dead Men Die

Opera Lab Berlin

After nearly three thousand years of travel, Odysseus’ journey comes to an end at an old Berlin film palace - as a movie star in the new Odyssey blockbuster. The triumphant return of the ancient hero, however, takes a turn for the unexpected. And so, the multimedia music theatre spectacle with fifteen singers and musicians, becomes an apocalyptic odyssey through the former Delphi cinema and dives behind the scenes of this heroic epic.

Based on Homer's “Odyssey”, James Joyce's “Ulysses” as well as original texts, composed by Evan Gardner and staged by Michael Höppner, the artist collective Opera Lab Berlin embarks on an adventurous journey through cinematic, theatrical and musical worlds. The movie theatre becomes a magic box in which the ghosts of the past confront us from the future.


Odysseus meets his “widow” Penelope, a single mother who has almost forgotten him, and his disoriented, half-orphaned son Telemachus, who eagerly awaits him. But the world is out of joint. Instead of a happy family reunion, the war hero is put on trial. Under the judgement of Penelope, he is blamed for the crimes of the patriarchal order and punished as a representative of stereotypical
masculinity by the sirens, Calypso, Circe and Nausikaa. Telemachus does not play along, though. The angry young man seeks his place in a crisis-ridden time and only finds answer in the blind glorification of paternal heroism and the attempt to violently restore the “good old order” of people, nation and family. Contradicting ideologies collide in “ODYSSEY: Dead Men Die”



30. Jan | 8:00 pm



31. Jan | 8:00 pm



2. Feb | 8:00 pm



3. Feb | 8:00 pm



4. Feb | 8:00 pm

Admission charge: 10 € - 15 €
duration: ca. 90 min | no pause

In English and German Part 1 seats on the balcony, part 2, standing room in the parquet. The guests must be able to climb the stairs to the balcony.

Composed by: Evan Gardner
Directed by: Michael Höppner
Vocals: Gina May Walter, Martin Gerke , Georg Bochow , Nina Guo , Sophie Catherin
Drums: Evi Filippou
Flute: Shin-Joo Morgantini
Keyboards: Alba Gentili-Tedeschi
Electronics: Giovanni Zaniol
Clarinet: Jone Bolibar Nunez
Viola: Louis Bona , Benedikt Bindewald
Horn: Sara Breznikar
Guitar: Matthias Koole
Cello: David Eggert
Stage Design: Martin Miotk
Costume Design: Hanna Rode
Video: Christian Striboll
Musical Director: Shin-Joo Morgantini, Louis Bona
Lightning Design: Fabian Eichner
Mask: Martin Rink
Production Management: Christine Elbel
Press Menagement: Dominique Schweizer

Press Votes

"The experimental music theatre [of Opera Lab Berlin] draws on three clearly defined sources: musical post-dramatic theatre, opera and contemporary art music. Opera Lab Berlin is a kind of expert in the creation of complex total works of art". (Andreas Engström, Swedish Magasin Opulens, 20. April 2018)

"The Opera Lab Berlin, a more or less open pool of performers, directors and composers, has been developing music theatre evenings in Berlin since 2013 - at various locations, with changing cast and ideas. A wonderful format". (Bastian Zimmermann in NZ 3/2017)

“ODYSSEY: Dead Men Die” is a production by Opera Lab Berlin. Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media Partner: rbbkultur, Zitty, NMZ, field notes, Digital in Berlin