Réalité Abstraite | © Albert Oehlen
WHAT IS »D • I • E« ABOUT? IS IT ABOUT A WOMAN? ABOUT DYING? ABOUT GRAMMAR? ABOUT LINES, DOTS AND LETTERS? ALL THESE ANSWERS ARE CORRECT – AND ALL THE QUESTIONS OBSOLETE.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
All the senses are in uproar. In an experimental opera space, dynamic charcoal drawings by Albert Oehlen collide and intertwine with the dense poetic texts of Rainald Goetz. D • I • E is a place of irresistible transformation. Michael Wertmüller dispatches three singers, a rapper and an actor in search of clear form and meaning in words, bodies and sounds that are consistently elusive. A string quartet, a »Hammmond Avantcore« trio, electronics, percussion and garage punk merge into an orchestra celebrating, negating and dissolving these styles as Wertmüller throws open the doors to an ecstatic trance of excess.
In a multiverse with no particular direction, Thomas Stammer transforms thirteen drawings into time. The music moves them tirelessly from one shape to another in the form of holographic sculptures. On stage, they fleetingly encounter living bodies. A journey that never arrives, an art that defies categories and definitions – this is the vision that Wertmüller, Oehlen and Goetz share.
And what is D • I • E about? Is it about a woman? About dying? About grammar? About lines, dots and letters? All answers are correct – and all questions obsolete.
A Ruhrtriennale production
Composition Michael Wertmüller
Bild Albert Oehlen
Based on Rainald Goetz
Conductor Titus Engel
Director Anika Rutkofsky
Holographic Music Visualisation Thomas Stammer
Costume Uta Gruber-Ballehr
Creative Coding Daniel Dalfovo
3D-Animation Tim Markgraf
Sound Design Thomas Wegner
Light Design Dietrich Körner
Dramaturgy Johanna Danhauser, Barbara Eckle
Soprano Caroline Melzer, Sarah Pagin
Mezzosoprano Christina Daletska
Conferencière Sylvie Rohrer
Music Steamboat Switzerland, Asasello Quartett, Camille Emaille, Jealous
Musical Director of Studies Ekkehard Windrich
Coaching Christopher Bruckman