ZELLE: Wenn es dunkel wird

LOD / Jamie Man & Peter Stamm
Fri 8 Oct - Tue 20 Sep
8 Oct
20 Sep

A chamber opera by Jamie Man & Peter Stamm 

Winter. High up in the mountains, in a small hut, a lonely woman wanders about. She is suspected of murdering her children. Vague memories of her interrogation in a police cell cling to an ominous experience. Faced with a multitude of questions, the woman seeks clarity in her confused head. Where are the children? Where are Konrad and Marlen? Repetitive voices speak to her as a thick fog lifts in the high mountains. Symbols from her life lose their meaning and she finds herself in a world between dream and reality. Finding back what has never been lost becomes increasingly difficult. Time passes. The fog thickens. Clarity dissipates.

For ZELLE: Wenn es dunkel wird, British-Chinese composer and director Jamie Man 文珮玲 worked with Swiss author and librettist Peter Stamm. What binds them is the search for what is real, for the truth beneath the reality. With influences from the dark surrealism of David Lynch, the narrative montage techniques of Jean-Luc Godard and the Japanese Nō theatre, ZELLE: Wenn es dunkel wird explores the ambiguous boundaries between fact and fiction.


composition & direction Jamie Man 文珮玲 text Peter Stamm countertenor Steve Katona nōh Ryoko Aoki 青木 涼子 singer Olesya Zdorovetska musical execution Asko|Schönberg electric guitar Wiek Hijmans percussion Joey Marijs electronics Tatiana Rosa light design & scenography Ezra Veldhuis dramaturgy Tomas Serrien costumes & inflatables Fredrik Tjærandsen sound designer Brecht Beuselinck light technician Johannes Ringoot production manager 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