// Das Heer is a presentation of counter-positions to Wagner's Ring cycle, featuring condensed (30-min long) versions of each of the 4 operas of the Ring and focusing on female characters. It was produced by the Akademie der Künste Berlin in the scope of the project: Wagner 2013 Künstler Positionen, a retrospective on Wagner's life and work in the year of his 200th birthday.
// the performance took place in at the Akademie der Künste Berlin, in a glass hallway with gardens on either side. Using electromagnetic tactile transducers and a special selection of microphones, we turned the hallway into a room-sized music box, in which the audience could move amongst the musicians and self-playing objects, as sound was diffused through the glass walls. The singers and choir performed outdoors in the gardens (in Berlin, in January, in the snow!), addressing the audience through the glass walls and amplified throughout the space.
// directed & conceived by
// set design, costumes, etc.
set = Franziska_Schuster;
costumes = (Franziska_Schuster, Juan of a Kind, Himo/Emilie Hamadi);
// performed by
singers = (soprano.Leah_Trommenschlager, Baritone.Thomas_Stimmel, Baritone.Michael_Zehe);
Musicians = (b_clarinet.Miri_Saadon, percussion.Alexandros_Giovanos, contrabass.Matan_Gurevitz,
scream_choir = (Felix_Ameseder, Andra_Born, Kathryn_Fischer, Christoph Fortmann, Bernd_Guthmann,
Katharina_Nagel, Patrick Niemann, Susanne Schulz, Conny_Soest, Vera_Jane_Schwenk);
sound = Christian Schweiger;
// commissioned & produced by
Akademie_der_Künste_Berlin + Universität_der_Künste_Berlin;