ELEONORE - I don't need to be happy, 1st date
Leonore disguises herself as Fidelio to free her lover from unjust imprisonment. The mission succeeds, the man is released, the woman stands firmly by his side and everyone can "be happy"...
But doesn't what ends in Beethoven's "Fidelio" in the Song of Songs of Spousal Love need to be radically questioned today? Far away from daily political updates, the new interpretation reads ELEONORE - I don't need to be happy. Beethoven's only opera as a story about the relationship of people within a rigid system. As in the original, the focus is on Leonore, who tries to liberate her husband across all boundaries, but increasingly asks herself who she is actually liberating and from what? 'I will be happy' she sings longingly with Beethoven. But what is hidden behind this future happiness? Is it what she can really wish for? What does the system have in store for a woman like her? And what kind of artist? Where is room for the other? The beyond of convention? Where the real liberation from an almighty male system takes place?
Further dates: 26.09./27.09. 2020 Cologne; 30.10.2020 Mönchengladbach
Composition: Oxana Omelchuk, Gordon Kampe and DJ Illvibe
Libretto: Charlotte Roos
Musical direction: Susanne Blumenthal
Idea, concept, direction: Frauke Meyer
Stage and costume: Uta Materne
Lighting design: Nico Kraeima
Dramaturgy: Friederike Engel
Eleonore: Maja Lange
Daughter: Marie Audrey Schatz
Director: Frederik Schauhoff
Prisoner hero: Benjamin Popson
Father/Candidate: Michael Taylor
Ensemble: MAM.manufaktur for contemporary music
Sound control: Florian Zwißler
Regular: 22,00 Euro
Reduced: 14,00 Euro
Admission via Club Volta, Building 2.10
We would like to point out that we may adapt the admission and performance modalities to the current Corona Protection Ordinance at short notice.