Stephan Bögel / Deutsche Oper Berlin
So, 22/05/2022, 20:00 Uhr
Musiktheater / Oper

Lieder von Vertreibung und Nimmerwiederkehr

Musiktheater von Bernhard Gander (*1969) / Serhij Zhadan (*1974)

Borders are lines that chart human fear. A person who steps over a border is entering an area on the margins, a transit zone, where there is no going back and no chance of a fresh start. In one such sector two men await their deportation in a detention cell. Both men will be tried in court on arrival in their homeland. On the day of their deportation they realise that it makes no difference whether they are heading to a foreign country or back to the land of their birth: no one is expecting them anyway.
In his libretto for the world premiere of SONGS OF EXILE AND NO RETURN Serhiy Zhadan sketches in vivid language the dramatic effect on the human individual of war, displacement and flight. With the existential challenges posed by Russian-Ukrainian relations as his point of departure, Zhadan uses a blend of choral passages and short dialogues depicting everyday situations to present fictional experiences of flight and forced migration. In this fourth collaboration between the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Munich Biennale Austrian composer Bernhard Gander has set Serhiy Zhadan’s text to music and worked with director Alize Zandwijk and soloists of the Ensemble Modern and Deutsche Oper Berlin to produce an original work of musical theatre.
Serhiy Zhadan, born in 1974 in the province of Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, studied German, wrote his doctoral thesis on Ukrainian futurism and since 1991 has been an influential figure amongst the younger generation in Kharkiv. He is one of the most prominent voices in modern Ukrainian literature. War and dissolution are common themes in a body of work encompassing novels, short stories and over a dozen volumes of poetry. He has portrayed, in moving and haunting images, life in eastern Ukraine and never ceased to remind people that war has been a bitter reality for the Donbas population since 2014. His latest novel, “Internat”, presents war in a series of dense, atmospheric scenes, depicting armed conflict as something that is devoid of useful meaning and yet, precisely for that reason, transforms people’s lives dramatically. In 2014 he was awarded the Jan Michalski literature prize and the Brücke Berlin prize (jointly with Juri Durkot and Sabine Stöhr) for his “The Invention of Jazz in Donbas”, which was voted »Book of the Year« by the BBC. Zhadan lives in Kharkiv and publishes with SUHRKAMP. The libretto, penned by the poet and novelist for the Munich Biennale and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, marks his debut as a writer for the stage. He is also a member of the band Sobaki v kosmosi (Dogs in Space) and has sung at concerts given for soldiers in Ukraine’s disputed territory.
Bernhard Gander has made his name as a composer of New Music and writes music that straddles genres and defies categorisation. He combines New Music and heavy metal on a number of levels – formal, auditory, gestural and energetic – to create hugely expressive works of great plasticity. Gander’s material has been performed at a wide variety of venues and events that include the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Wiener Festwochen, the steirischer herbst Festival, the Klangspuren Festival, Transart Bozen, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien modern, Musica Strasbourg, the Wittener Tage for New Chamber Music and the Munich Biennale. He won the City of Vienna’s 2004 Music Composition Grant, the 2005 Erste Bank prize for composition, the 2009 SKE Publicity Prize and a state grant for composition. Bernhard Gander was awarded the Ernst Křenek prize for melting pot, a piece which had its world premiere at the 2012 Wiener Festwochen.
From 1998 onwards stage director Alize Zandwijk was joint art director with Guy Cassiers of the Ro Theater in Rotterdam. On a regular basis since 2003 she has presented works at German venues that include the Thalia Theater and the Deutsches Theater Berlin. In the 2012/13 season she made her debut at the Theater Bremen with Dea Loher’s “Das Leben auf der Praça Roosevelt”. Since then, she has staged works such as Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” and Arne Sierens’s “Girls and Boys”. As of the 2016/17 season she has been Principal Director of Drama at the Theater Bremen, where her credits include Hauptmann’s “The Rats”, Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan”, genre-mixing evenings of dance (“Golden Heart” and “Amour”), Tom Lanoye’s “Gaz – Plaidoyer d’une mère damnée”, Tolstoy’s “Resurrection” and “Mothers – Stories of Bremen women from around the world”.

Elda Laro, Musikalische Leitung
Alize Zandwijk, Inszenierung
Theun Mosk, Bühne
Anne Sophie Domenz, Kostüme
Carolin Müller-Dohle, Dramaturgie
Carl Rumstadt, Mann im Anzug
Andrew Robert Munn, Mann in Militärkleidung
Gina Perregrino, Frau
Nadine Geyersbach, Frau
Carlo Schmitz, Ensemble
Dongfang Xie, Ensemble
Lisa Ziehm, Ensemble
Natalia Labourdette, Ensemble
Amelie Baier, Ensemble
Yixuan Zhu, Ensemble
Devi Suriani, Ensemble
Hugo Queirós, Klarinette, Ensemble Modern
Ueli Wiget, Klavier, Ensemble Modern
Sven Pollkötter, Schlagzeug, Ensemble Modern
Giorgos Panagiotidis, Violine, Ensemble Modern
Paul Cannon, Kontrabass, Ensemble Modern

  • Dauer: 02:00h, Pausen: Keine Pause
  • Deutsche Oper Berlin
  • Bismackstraße 35, Berlin
  • Bemerkungen zum Ort: Tischlerei
  • Ticketpreis: 20,00 / ermäßigt 10,00
  • Kartenvorbestellung: 030 343 84 343
  • Ticketverkauf