Kurt Van der Elst

ZELLE Wenn es dunkel wird

LOD / Jamie Man & Peter Stamm
Fri 8 Oct - Tue 7 Jun
8 Oct
7 Jun

A chamber opera by Jamie Man & Peter Stamm 

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Winter. High up in the mountains a woman is found alone in a hut. She is suspected of killing her children. The interrogator who interviews the woman never receives a reply and slowly begins to question herself. As it becomes more and more difficult to find what has bever been missing, time passes, the fog thickens and clarity dissipates.

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Jamie Man

For her new chamber opera ZELLE: Wenn es dunkel wird the British-Chinese composer and director Jamie Man 文珮玲 joins forces with the Swiss writer and librettist Peter Stamm. What binds them is the quest for what is real, for the truth beneath the reality. With influences including the dark surrealism of David Lynch, the narrative montage techniques of Jean-Luc Godard and Japanese Nō theatreZELLE: Wenn es dunkel wird explores the boundaries of what is visible, audible and knowable.


composition & direction Jamie Man 文珮玲 text Peter Stamm countertenor Steve Katona nōh Ryoko Aoki 青木 涼子 throat singer Jackie Janssens musical execution Asko|Schönberg electric guitar Wiek Hijmans percussion Joey Marijs electronics Tatiana Rosa light & scenography Ezra Veldhuis dramaturgy Tomas Serrien costumes & inflatables Fredrik Tjærandsen sound designer Brecht Beuselinck light Johannes Ringoot production management Liesbet Termont production LOD muziektheater (BE) coproduction Theater- und Musikgesellschaft Zug (CH), deSingel Antwerp (BE),Asko|Schönberg (NL), Palau de les Arts Reine Sofia (ES), De Munt / La Monnaie Bruxelles (BE), Festival Aix-en-Provence (FR) & Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (PT) with special thanks to Carly Rae Heathcote, Wim Piqueur, Katrin Kolo & Kristel Deweerdt with the support of enoa, European Union & the TAX Shelter measure by the Belgian federal gouvernment tax shelter partner Flanders Tax Shelter 


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