Christmas Oratorio

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Premiere on 16 December 2009 at RADIALSYSTEM ·V·, Berlin

A scenic performance of the Christmas Oratorio at Berlin’s RADIALSYSTEM will turn into an expansive inspection and exploration of this composition. The work is to be performed simultaneously in several halls on various floors, in a tour of the entire building, in a version for actors, solo singers, two choirs, experimental ensemble, and orchestra. In a collaborative creative process together with the Knabenchor Berlin, Karl-Forster-Chor, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, the Free Jazz Formation Bauer 4 (Conny Bauer , Johannes Bauer, Matthias Bauer, Louis Rastig) and Graft Architects a version in its own right will be developed.

The result will be a tableau where conflicts will become visible as an overlaying of social contradictions. On the one hand, as a spectacle of public ritual. And on the other hand, as a debacle of personal existence. The rejoicing and exultation of long ago is contrasted with the sadness and misery of today. And the whining of today is contrasted with the rebirth of the utopian salvation of old. Each cantata will be the result of some adaptation. From the long infirmity of perfidious arrangements, the original emerges as a jewel.

With this project, NOVOFLOT begins to take stock of the Christmas Oratorio under new auspices. It will be a new exploration of its scenic potentials and a site-specific search for the interfaces where faith, love, hope becomes possible. In a spatial passage through the Christmas Oratorio lies the attempt of a manic rediscovery of the utopian potential that is intrinsic to the work. But also playful curiosity and the desire to newly explore one of the greatest works of music history in all its components and potentials.

Funded by the Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, Senatskanzlei, Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

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