R.U.R. - ROSSUMS UNIVERSAL ROBOTS

robot opera based on Karl Čapeks 's classic playwright

gamut inc

R.U.R. - ROSSUMS UNIVERSAL ROBOTS

robot opera based on Karl Čapeks 's classic playwright

gamut inc

The robots are coming back! After the sold-out performances in 2022 and 2023, the retro-futuristic ensemble gamut inc brings its robot opera back to the Theater im Delphi.

Blueprint for quite a few science fiction of the 20th century and origin of the term robot: As one of the first literary texts Karl Čapek's "R.U.R. – Rossum’s Universal Robots" deals with the extinction of mankind. It reflects on topics that are still relevant today, such as economic and ecological catastrophes and human hubris. A good century after the premiere, gamut inc, Ruben Reniers, Patric Schott, the RIAS Kammerchor and the German Book Prize-winning librettist Frank Witzel bring an updated version to the stage as musical theater.

Čapek's brother created the neologism "robot" for the work. The famous science fiction author Isaac Asimov called „R.U.R." the "worst important play of its time." The new version transforms the themes of the original into a grotesque world in which intermediate beings made of humans and objects move through live electronic soundscapes, complex light choreographies and optical illusions. They are incessantly pursued by the mass of humans and robots, which the RIAS Kammerchor brings to life as video projections in Orson Welles 's film noir aesthetic.

R.U.R. is supported by Hauptstadt Kulturfonds, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Lord Mayor of the City of Cologne/Cultural Office.Media partners: taz.die tageszeitung, tip Berlin, der Freitag

 

Picture: Christoph Voy
Music Theater
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Thursday

2. May | 8:00 pm

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Friday

3. May | 8:00 pm

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Saturday

4. May | 8:00 pm

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

Composition, Concept, Staging & Light Design: gamut inc / Marion Wörle und Maciej Śledziecki
Libretto: Frank Witzel
Choir of humans/choir of robots: RIAS Kammerchor
Conductor: Ralf Sochaczewsky
Soprano: Gina May Walter
Countertenor: Georg A. Bochow
Dance, Choreography: Ruben Reniers
Performance: Patric Schott
Stage Design: Nina Rhode
Costume Design: Britta Rehm, Carla Szerbinski
Make-up: Britta Rehm
Videos: Anne Luft
Graphic Design: Marion Wörle
Sound Direction: Antonio Pulli

Press Votes

"The ensemble gamut inc around computer musician Marion Wörle and composer Maciej Śledziecki has rediscovered the piece and brought it to the stage as a grandiose retro-futuristic opera" (WDR Westart)

"A memorable evening." (NMZ - Neue Musikzeitung)

"Wonderfully dissonant" (Der Freitag).

"Exhausting, but worthwhile [...] the great vocal arrangements, the interplay of cool, choppy robot countertenor and warm choral sound [...]" (rbb kultur)

R.U.R. is supported by Hauptstadt Kulturfonds, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Lord Mayor of the City of Cologne/Cultural Office.Media partners: taz.die tageszeitung, tip Berlin, der Freitag