THE VICTORY OVER THE SUN
by NOVOFLOT based on the Futurist opera by Aleksei Kruchenykh, Velimir Khlebnikov, Mikhail Matyushin and Kasimir Malevich
In co-production with Hamburger Bahnhof (Museum for Contemporary Art), the Academy of the Arts at Hanseatenweg, Radialsystem V and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Compositions (World Premieres) by Moritz Gagern, Aleksandra Gryka, Klaus Lang, Martin Schüttler / Original compositions (1913) Michail Matjuschin / Trombone improvisations Nils Wogram
In 1913, an opera premiered in St. Petersburg, which with one stroke shattered the tradition of an entire genre. In their creation “The Victory Over the Sun”, several protagonists of the Russian Futuristic movement (among them the artist Kasimir Malevich) combined apparently incompatible elements of painting, language, composition and performance. This endeavour culminated in an artistic happening that did away with every logic of the traditional music-theatre. Historically, the show has been referred to as a scandal, as it jarred the hearts and heads of a whole urban society. Precisely 100 years later, at the beginning of a new century, when there is not much left of the energy of Futurist thinking and inventions, NOVOFLOT and four composers take the material of the “Sun”-opera as a foundation for a reboot.
For one week, four cultural institutions in Berlin (the Academy of the Arts, Hamburger Bahnhof (Museum for Contemporary Art), the Radialsystem and the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz) will host five different performances, including the ‘training camp’, ‘brain-inspection’, ‘observatories’ and ‘parliaments of the future’. The spectator has the choice, he can either watch one show or all, three in 24 hours or four on five days, two performances several times or only half of one. The opera “The Victory Over the Sun” was never and still isn’t a self-enclosed or continuous work. It is rather the artistic expression of an unrulable variety of expectations, necessities and departures. It is a multi-part announcement, which is shaped by old and new sounds, languages and images pronounced at the appropriate volume.
The Victory Over the Sun I – THE BRAIN OF THE HOUSE
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin // 12 / 13 / 15 / 16 / 17 October // opening hours 2-6 pm
The Victory Over the Sun II – THE OBJECTLESS WORLD
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg // 12 / 13 / 16 October 7 pm / 18 & 19 October 6 pm
The Victory Over the Sun III – THE 35th CENTURY
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Glaspavillon) // 13 / 14 / 15* / 16 / 18** / 19 / 20* October // opening hours 6-7:30 pm (*6:30-8 pm / ** 5:30-7 pm)
The Victory Over the Sun IV – IN THE 10TH LAND
Radialsystem V // 16 October 9:30 pm / 18 & 19 October 8:30 pm
The Victory Over the Sun V – THE FIRST PANRUSSIAN CONFERENCE OF THE SINGERS OF THE FUTURE Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Main Stage) // 20 October 8 pm