DER KLEINE HARLEKIN (The Little Harlequin)
LAUB und REGEN (Leaves and Rain)
DRACHENKAMPF (Dragon’s Fight)
Cast: cl/bsthn-tr-trb-keyb-va (5 Musicians)
Performance Language: None (instrumental music theatre)
Artistic Concept and Production: Wiener Taschenoper.
Co-produced by Opernhaus Graz, Bavarian State Opera and Natalya Sats Musical Theater in Moscow.
Vienna, Dschungel Wien, Nov 21st - 25th, 2013
Graz, Opera House, Nov 29th - Dec 5th, 2013
Moscow, Natalia Sats Musical Theater, Mar 2nd - 6th, 2014
Munich, Bavarian State Opera, Mar 28th - Apr 5th, 2014
Vienna, MuTh, Sept 23th - 26th, 2017
Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie, May 18th - 20th, 2018
Stage Direction: Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus)
Co-Direction, Slapstick: Jevgenij Sitochin
Set Design: Roland Olbeter
Video Design: Franc Aleu (Urano)
Costume Design: Chu Uroz
Pyrotechnics: Thomas Bautenbacher
Light Design: Reinhard Traub
Dramaturgy: Thomas Ulrich
Clarinet/basset horn: Merve Kazokoglu
Trumpet: Paul Hübner
Trombone: Stephen Menotti
Keyboard: Michael Tiefenbacher
His name is simply synonymous with new music: Karlheinz Stockhausen was a uniquely creative personality, pioneer of electronic music, idol of pop groups from Pink Floyd to Mothers of Invention up to the Beatles as well as the inspiration for entire artistic circles from Joseph Beuys to the DJs of the techno generation.
It was Stockhausen’s firm belief that besides our earthly world there is also another cosmic dimension that determines our lives and activities. This belief also manifests itself in his work: The little harlequin, a young bubbly clarinettist, plays music for us to dance, but then three boys enter the scene and an argument ensues. It is the story of a young girl who becomes increasingly aware of herself. Torn between good and evil, she grows up to be Eva, and, at Michael’s side, gets carried away to a new world.
Merve Kazokoglu does the most impossible things with her clarinet. She draws forth a plethora of tones, noises, runs, trills, ornaments, even breathing sounds. (Opernwelt)
The performance is colourful, entertaining and challenging for heart and mind, on the same artistic level as the big stages of the national theatre. It is just as musical theatre ought to be – not just for children. (Abendzeitung München)
Within close reach, the spectator experiences a fascinating spectacle including fire, water and pyrotechnics. Embedded in this is a fantastic story about growing up between dream and reality, about friendship and about first love, staged by acting musicians and a dancer. (Süddeutsche Zeitung)