THE GRAND COALITION
An extra-parliamentary opera by NOVOFLOT
For vocal ensemble, baroque quartet and the band that no-one knows.
With compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach
While parliaments of the First World stage themselves as communicators of capitalist interests in the Babylonian chaos of global profit maximization, the Berlin opera company NOVOFLOT dares to oppose in the spirit of music and enters a virtually baroque bond: in a grand coalition with Swiss clarinettist Claudio Puntin, multi-instrumentalist John Schröder, the instrumentalists of the “Lamento-Project” and international vocal-, movement- and lighting specialists, NOVOFLOT creates the first extra-parliamentary opera in world history! How does that work exactly? For instance, by revealing and combining previously untapped ideas from past centuries: Assuming that Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositional thinking holds a whole set of ideas for progressive social conduct, the members of the grand NOVOFLOT-coalition deliberately accelerate the “tormented souls” of the desperate ecumenism with music of the composer born in the German town of Eisenach. By sorting afresh Bach’s vocal works and associating the newly acquired perspectives with the latest findings of the study of everyday life as well as with the intuitive vote of the audience, NOVOFLOT’s extra-parliamentary opera takes shape. The undertaking is accompanied by an expert of the so-called “creative statistics management (CSM)”, who guarantees a maximum of impartial control.
With Lamento Projekt (Catherine Aglibut, Claudio Puntin, Christian Gerber, Ulrike Becker), Yuka Yanagihara, Robi Koller, Varia Sjöström, Sylvana Seddig, Henriette Bothe as well as “special guests” Alex Huber (Basel), John Schröder (Berlin) and Haus Bartleby – Center for career refusal (Hendrik Sodenkamp, Anselm Lenz)
Dec. 2d 2016 at 8 PM
Dec. 3th 2016 at 8 PM
Dec. 4th 2016 at 8 PM
in Radialsystem V Berlin
Sep. 23th 2016 at 8 PM
in Gare du Nord / Basel, Switzerland
In coproduction with Klang Basel Festival, Gare du Nord and RADIALSYSTEM V.
Culture Administration of the State of Berlin and Fonds Darstellende Künste.