NOVOFLOT is an independent opera company based in Berlin. It was founded in 2002 by director Sven Holm, conductor Vicente Larrañaga and performance artist and dramaturge Sebastian Bark. The team’s productions of Ernst Krenek’s The Belltower and Tommaso Traetta’s Antigona received widespread attention and recognition.
For Kommander Kobayashi 1 – 3, a new format the Opera Saga was developed – focussing on new ways of production and innovative concepts in music-theatre. Kommander Kobayashi, the title figure and his crew embark on a journey into unknown regions – an odyssey set to music in a series of creations by international composers. The format thus also highlights the hybrid universe of contemporary opera. Between January 2005 and september 2007, a total of ten operas were composed for Kommander Kobayashi, performed in three seasons in Hamburg, Berlin, Warsaw, Luxemburg and Budapest.
At Haus der Berliner Festspiele NOVOFLOT created a new production named The Castle – A Winter Journey (based on the novel by Franz Kafka). In co-production with the Berlin-based arts institutions Hamburger Bahnhof, Akademie der Künste, Radialsystem and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz the futuristic opera The Victory over the Sun I – V premiered in October 2013.
Since 2014 took place the project The T-House-Tour #1 – #8 in cooperation with Volksbühne, Radialsystem and Akademie der Künste. The T-House-Tour is an improvisational work in progress about presentation formats of musical theatre that do not depend on the organizational and spatial circumstances of a single institution, but adapt to where they appear. Other stations of the project included the Schauspielhaus and Walcheturm in Zurich (2018) as well as Matucana 100 in Santiago de Chile and the Parque Cultural in Valparaíso (March 2019).
The following production was Nationaloper #1 – #3 in co-operation with Radialsystem V and Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz. After that The Grand Coalition took place in co-operation with Gare du Nord, Klang Basel and Radialsystem.
In April and September 2017 followed the production The Bible (in translation of NOVOFLOT) #1 – #3 in cooperation with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Radialsyem V. In October 2018 The Song of the earth after Gustav Mahler was performed at Theater im Delphi and in February 2019 a restage of The Bible (in translation of NOVOFLOT) #1 The Scream was shown in front of Berlin’s Memorial Church (Berlin Gedächtniskirche).
In August 2019 the trilogy The Opera #1 – #3 started with the world premiere of #1- At the Circle (for the beginning) in co-production with Kunstfest Weimar, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and CPH Opera Festival Copenhagen. In 2020 #2 On the ropes (about the end) followed, and in 2021 the trilogy will conclude with #3 The outtakes.
In October 2019 was performed Dimensions Variable at the Haus der Statistik in Berlin.
In 2020, the trilogy We’ll take the liberty #1-#3 was created for the occasion of the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The premiere of #1 Fidelio, which was to take place in March 2020 at the Akademie der Künste Berlin, unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. #2 ∞ – Ma non troppo was premiered on October 12th, 2020 in front of the Kölner Philharmonie, followed by #3 The 10th Symphony on October 14th, 2020 at the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Concert Hall).
In 2014 NOVOFLOT were awarded with the George Tabori Prize.
In 2018, the book “Novoflot – The 15th Season” was published by Theater der Zeit.
Current productions and performances: We’ll take the liberty #1 Fidelio (World premiere, May 2021), #2 ∞ – Ma non troppo and #3 The 10th Symphony (Berlin premiere, June-Juli 2021), The opera #1 – At the circle (to start with) and The opera #2 – On the ropes (about the end) (CPH Copenhagen Opera Festival, August 2021), The opera #3 – The outtakes (World premiere, Kunstfest Weimar, September 2021).
NOVOFLOT’s production and performance venues have been Hamburg State Opera, Ultraschall festival, the festival Warsaw Autumn, Théâtre National du Luxembourg, Trafó in Budapest, Transmediale, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Hamburger Bahnhof, Akademie der Künste, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Gare du Nord Basel, Walcheturm Zürich and the Schauspielhaus Zürich/Schiffbauplatz, Matucana 100 in Santiago de Chile, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Haus der Statistik Berlin as well as Kölner Philharmonie.
Team members: Dörte Wolter (company manager and head of production), Malte Ubenauf (dramaturgy), Miriam Glöckler (production manager), Thorsten Cölle (artistic production manager), Heike Diehm k3 berlin (press & public relations), Elisa Limberg / Graft Architects (stage design), Mirko Borscht (film), Nina von Mechow (costume), Philip Kießling (video), Emanuel Tschumi (graphic design) amomg others.
Trailer to the George-Tabori-Award – NOVOFLOT 2014