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Infinite now

Infinite now

Oper in 6 Akten

Libretto von Luk Perceval und Chaya Czernowin

nach Texten von Erich Maria Remarque, Can Xue und Soldatenbriefen des I. Weltkriegs


  • Edition: full score
  • Language: German - English - French - Chinese - Flemish

 
description
Imagine that the hall, the whole space of the hall, is the inside of a head/heart/body. The audience is immersed in the inner workings of a person who is in a difficult or hopeless situation. Infinite now is an experience, a state: in the midst of a morass. What is going on, how long, when will it end – all is unclear. It is an existential state of nakedness where the ordinary sense of control and reason is stripped away.

The piece uses texts from two sources: the short story Homecoming by the celebrated Chinese writer Can Xue, and the play Front (Luk Perceval) which is based on All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and on letters of soldiers from the First World War. Both texts enact a suspension. In Front, soldiers are in the trenches, locked in fighting which does not end: they move some kilometers forward only to return back to their former position in a deadly cycle. In Homecoming, a woman thinks to pass through a house and continue her journey but then she realizes that it is impossible to leave the house which is above an abyss where a quiet old man serves as an illusionary guide.

The slow merging of two seemingly unconnected worlds suggests that in order to survive, one must fi nd the will to continue and find hope in the simplest element of existence, the breathing. In this sense, the opera is about more than ‘Homecoming’ or the First World War. It is about our existence here and now. How we survive, how we are destined to survive and how even the smallest element of vitality suggests survival and with it perhaps hope. Chaya Czernowin
Details
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk von Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen Ballet Vlaanderen, des Nationaltheaters Mannheim mit Unterstützung der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung und von IRCAM Paris
Kompositionsjahr bis : 2016
Performance duration: 150'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Subtitle: Oper in 6 Akten
Uraufführung : 18. April 2017 Gent, Vlaamse Opera (B) · Karen Vourc'h, soprano; Kai Rüütel, mezzo-soprano; Noa Frenkel, alto; Terry Wey, counter-tenor; Vincenzo Neri, baritone · Dirigent: Titus Engel · Inszenierung: Luk Perceval · Kostüme: Ilse Vandenbussche · Bühnenbild: Philip Bussman
Year of composition: 2015-2016
instrumentation: Instrumentalsolisten: Git. (verstärkt) · E-Git. · 2 Vc. -

Orchester: 3 (3. auch Picc.) · 3 (3. auch Engl. Hr.) · 3 (3. auch Bassklar.) · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 - S. (I: P · Crot. · Gong. · Kuhgl. · hg. Beck. · Hi-hat · Tamt. · 2 kl. Tr. · Schlitztr. · gr. Tr. · Woodbl. · Tempelbl. · Donnerblech · 2 Silver Shaker · 2 Radios; II: P · Crot. · 2 Gongs · Kuhgl. · hg. Beck. · Hi-hat · 3 kl. Tr. · 2 Schlitztr. · gr. Tr. · Tempelbl. · Donnerblech · 2 Silver Shaker · 2 Radios; III: P · Crot. · 2 Gongs · Kuhgl. · hg. Beck. · Hi-hat · 2 kl. Tr. · Schlitztr. · gr. Tr. · Templerbl. · Donnerblech · 2 Silver Shaker · 2 Radios) (3 Spieler) - Str. - Elektronik
occupation: Schauspieler: Paul Bäumer, Katczinsky, Luitenant De Wit, Kolonel Magots, Van Outryve, Soldaat Seghers, Nurse Elisabeth

Trio 1: Mezzosopran · Countertenor · Bariton
Trio 2: Sopran · Kontraalt (oder Alt) · Bass
Imagine that the hall, the whole space of the hall, is the inside of a head/heart/body. The audience is immersed in the inner workings of a person who is in a difficult or hopeless situation. Infinite now is an experience, a state: in the midst of a morass. What is going on, how long, when will it end – all is unclear. It is an existential state of nakedness where the ordinary sense of control and reason is stripped away.

The piece uses texts from two sources: the short story Homecoming by the celebrated Chinese writer Can Xue, and the play Front (Luk Perceval) which is based on All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and on letters of soldiers from the First World War. Both texts enact a suspension. In Front, soldiers are in the trenches, locked in fighting which does not end: they move some kilometers forward only to return back to their former position in a deadly cycle. In Homecoming, a woman thinks to pass through a house and continue her journey but then she realizes that it is impossible to leave the house which is above an abyss where a quiet old man serves as an illusionary guide.

The slow merging of two seemingly unconnected worlds suggests that in order to survive, one must fi nd the will to continue and find hope in the simplest element of existence, the breathing. In this sense, the opera is about more than ‘Homecoming’ or the First World War. It is about our existence here and now. How we survive, how we are destined to survive and how even the smallest element of vitality suggests survival and with it perhaps hope. Chaya Czernowin
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk von Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen Ballet Vlaanderen, des Nationaltheaters Mannheim mit Unterstützung der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung und von IRCAM Paris
Kompositionsjahr bis : 2016
Performance duration: 150'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Subtitle: Oper in 6 Akten
Uraufführung : 18. April 2017 Gent, Vlaamse Opera (B) · Karen Vourc'h, soprano; Kai Rüütel, mezzo-soprano; Noa Frenkel, alto; Terry Wey, counter-tenor; Vincenzo Neri, baritone · Dirigent: Titus Engel · Inszenierung: Luk Perceval · Kostüme: Ilse Vandenbussche · Bühnenbild: Philip Bussman
Year of composition: 2015-2016
instrumentation: Instrumentalsolisten: Git. (verstärkt) · E-Git. · 2 Vc. -

Orchester: 3 (3. auch Picc.) · 3 (3. auch Engl. Hr.) · 3 (3. auch Bassklar.) · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 - S. (I: P · Crot. · Gong. · Kuhgl. · hg. Beck. · Hi-hat · Tamt. · 2 kl. Tr. · Schlitztr. · gr. Tr. · Woodbl. · Tempelbl. · Donnerblech · 2 Silver Shaker · 2 Radios; II: P · Crot. · 2 Gongs · Kuhgl. · hg. Beck. · Hi-hat · 3 kl. Tr. · 2 Schlitztr. · gr. Tr. · Tempelbl. · Donnerblech · 2 Silver Shaker · 2 Radios; III: P · Crot. · 2 Gongs · Kuhgl. · hg. Beck. · Hi-hat · 2 kl. Tr. · Schlitztr. · gr. Tr. · Templerbl. · Donnerblech · 2 Silver Shaker · 2 Radios) (3 Spieler) - Str. - Elektronik
occupation: Schauspieler: Paul Bäumer, Katczinsky, Luitenant De Wit, Kolonel Magots, Van Outryve, Soldaat Seghers, Nurse Elisabeth

Trio 1: Mezzosopran · Countertenor · Bariton
Trio 2: Sopran · Kontraalt (oder Alt) · Bass
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-18 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-14 | Paris (France), Cité de la Musique, Salle des Concerts — 20:30
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-07 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-31 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-28 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-26 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater — 19:30
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-06 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-05 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-03 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-04-30 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-04-23 | Gent (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen — 15:00
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-04-22 | Gent (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-04-20 | Gent (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-04-18 | Gent (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen