Orpheus in der Oberwelt: Eine Schlepperoper (andcompany&Co.)
Orpheus, the mythological singer, returns from the realm of the dead as a luckless human smuggler. This live audio drama provocatively combines current political events with the mythical and musical dimension of the Orpheus legend in the form of a concert. This “Smuggler’s Opera” sings of that figure that is only featured as a criminal in news reports today, but that was glorified during the Cold War as helping refugees.
Deutsch mit englischen Übertiteln. German with English surtitles.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1), Stresemannstraße 29, Kreuzberg, 10963 Berlin
Production: andcompany&Co., Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, based on the radio play "Orpheus in der Oberwelt" (Production WDR 2015) and the theater play of the same name, premiered in 2014 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Under the artistic direction and management of Annemie Vanackere, HAU Hebbel am Ufer presents contemporary artistic positions that explore the intersection of theatre, dance, and performance. In addition, music, visual arts, and theoretically oriented discursive events are core components of the diverse program. Instead of relying on a permanent ensemble, HAU does not only develop, but also presents international co-productions, festivals, and projects realized within and beyond Berlin’s international dance and theatre scene. Since 2013, HAU Hebbel am Ufer has, for instance, been solely responsible for organizing the “Tanz im August” festival. Crucial cornerstones of the program are a contemporary repertoire including renowned classics as well as festivals highlighting current themes, as could for instance be seen in “Precarious Bodies. Tanz, Performance, Körperpolitik“ (2013), “Das Große Nature Theater of Oklahoma ruft Euch!“ (2013), “Good Guys Only Win in Movies. Künstlerische Positionen aus Bukarest und Chisinau“ (2014), "Männlich Weiß Hetero. Ein Festival über Privilegien" (2015), “HEINER MÜLLER!“ (2016), or "Utopische Realitäten" (2017).