Staged composition for singers, actors, dancers, and instrumentalists
The premiere of Staatstheater 50 years ago at the Hamburg State Opera was scandalous: the Argentinean-German composer Mauricio Kagel breaks with many theatrical traditions on the grand state opera stage and instead of telling a straightforward story makes playing and the theatrical apparatus itself the subject. The master of instrumental theater brings instrumentalists, singers, and chorus together in a large-scale composition that must be reassembled in each performance from a kind of scene construction kit. If in the 1970s the piece had an aura of iconoclasm and turmoil, today we can see Staatstheater as a celebration of the possibilities of theater. At the start of Ina Karr’s directorship at the Luzerner Theater, the stage director Lydia Steier will illuminate all of these possibilities with her team and the ensembles in a large collage: urban space and stage space will blur, as opera characters appear in unusual contexts. And Kagelian non-sense meets ghosts from the rich tradition of theater.