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- A bunch of friends spend the night together
- From the beginning at 9.30 p.m. to 12.30 p.m. the next morning all guests independently stream footage with their smartphones from their very personal perspectives
- The complete opera cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” by RICHARD WAGNER will be heard in the stream as the only audio track, including a subtitling of the 9,000 lines in an English translation from 1896
- Actions of the opera are linked with the events at the party by live direction
This opéra concrète grants you entry to a slippery audiovisual territory. Here a group of friends is invited to squat RICHARD WAGNER’S monument erected out of vibrations and words. Freely navigating the open field of a house party, each guest captures a fragment of shared experience through the lens of their smartphones that is short-circuited in real-time with WAGNER’S music and libretto in a 14-hour live stream. Building a disorientating infra-world of queer joy, desire and excess within a sonic-dramatic construction, this experience constitutes a non-narrative, group-determined, self-making opera with its own collective agency. Cruising alongside WAGNER’S compositional technique of the ‘endless melody’, it exhausts pre-sculpted attentional forms and expands the horizon on energetic expressions. By flooding unforeseeable, corporeal, real life pleasures over a vast opera with immense range and complexity, it liquifies WAGNER’S rigid and stable monolith into a stream of forms, inferences and informations flowing without hierarchy; making room for you to jump in and float along.
Was also streamed live on: www.twitch.tv/therulesofattraction
Concept, Production and Live Direction:Alexander Fahima
Set Design:Matthew Bianchi
Costume styling:Emmanuel Pierre
Action Painting:Mauro Ventura
Solo by:Steph Quinci
Video Call Performance:Darian Mark, Lili Dobronyi
Dinner by:Generation Black
Production Management:Leanne Mark and Jimmi Kriste
Set Design Assistant:Olivia Ballard
Video Artwork Assistant:Deividas Vytautasad
AR Filter:Alexander Fahima
Subtitles:Shem the Penman
Health Advisor:Angelina Kolodzig
With:Alyha, António, Alexander, Billy, Debora, Dor, Emmanuel, Fede, Ilias, Jimmi, Kenny, Lina, Matt, Mauro, Nas, Nefeli, Nix, Olivia, Oscar, Patrick, Pierre, Sh Se, Sheon Delista, Steph
Produced by VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN in collaboration with the NEMETSCHEK FOUNDATION for the Series ‘Armen Avanessian and Enemies’ at the ROTER SALON.