Marion Wörle
Fr, 21/01/2022, 20:00 Uhr
Elektronische Musik / Musiktheater / Oper


Musiktheater nach Karl Čapeks Klassiker

Blueprint for quite a few science fiction of the 20th century and origin of the term robot. 101 years after the premiere gamut inc and guest together with the RIAS Kammerchor and the award-winning librettist Frank Witzel bring an updated version as music theaterto the stage.
Isaac Asimov called it the "worst important play of its time". The author's brother created the neologism "robot" for the play. Karl Capek's ROSSUMS UNIVERSAL ROBOTS is considered a blueprint for quite a bit of 20th century science fiction and still reflects current themes such as economic and ecological catastrophes as well as human hubris.
The new version transforms these themes into a grotesque world in which beings partly humans, partly objects move through an electronic sound repertoire, complex light choreographies and optical illusions. They are incessantly pursued by the mass of humans and robots, which the RIAS Kammerchor brings to life as video projections in Orson Wells ' film noir aesthetic.
The robots in the play are developed by a handful of scientists on an island and sold in raucous quantities around the world. They are organic human-like beings, so they are not mechanical devices. Over time, their "DNA" code evolves so that they no longer have any desire to be controlled by humans. A robot uprising ensues. In a brilliant assault, they take control on the island, and subsequently over the entire planet. As a result, the entire human race is wiped out without further ado. The robots, however, are now missing the essential formula for their own generation, because it was burned by Helena, the wife of the head of R.U.R.. Fortunately, however, a single person remained alive on the island, who is now to reproduce the formula. This is Alquist, but unfortunately he is not a scientist...

  • gamut inc, Frank Witzel: »robot opera R.U.R. - ROSSUMS UNIVERSAL ROBOTS« (2022, UA/DE)

RIAS Kammerchor | Chor der Menschen/Chor der Roboter

Ralf Sochaczewsky, Dirigent
Gina May Walter, Sopran
Georg A. Bochow, Countertenor
Ruben Reniers, Tanz, Choreografie
Patric Schott, Schauspiel
Nina Rhode, Bühne
Clara Franke, Carla Szerbinski, Kostüm und Maske
Olivia Oyama, Klangregie

Blaupause für etliche Science-Fiction des 20. Jahrhunderts, Ursprung des Begriffs Roboter. Die Neufassung führt in eine groteske Welt mit objektartigen Zwischenwesen, elektronischen Klanglandschaften, Lichtchoreographien und optischen Täuschungen.

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