Brigitta Muntendorf, Ensemble Modern
Wed 19 Jun 2024 20:30 - 21:45
Wed 19 Jun 2024
20:30 - 21:45
  • Wed 19 Jun 2024
    20:30 - 21:45
    Grote Zaal


Brigitta Muntendorf Melencolia


Ensemble Modern
Dietmar Wiesner flute, piccolo, bass flute
Christian Hommel oboe
Jaan Bossier clarinet
Ona Ramos Tintó French horn
Sava Stoianov trumpet
Uwe Dierksen trombone
Ueli Wiget keyboard, sampler
David Haller percussion
Jagdish Mistry violin
Giorgos Panagiotidis violin
Megumi Kasakawa viola
Michael Maria Kasper violoncello
Paul Cannon double bass, e-bass

Brigitta Muntendorf, Moritz Ernst Lobeck staging, dramaturgy
Veronika Simmering visual worlds
Sita Messer set design
Begoña Garcia Navas light design
Warped Type, Andreas Huck, Roland Nebe live video
Norbert Ommer, Lukas Nowok sound direction
Lukas Nowok programming
Banu Sahin 3D sound
Felix Dreher sound technician

An experimental musical theatre piece with stereotypes from the Renaissance, Romanticism, pop and camp as a ‘melancholic playground against the indifference of the universe’. German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf’s Melencolia is high-tech, drenched in melancholy, yet still light-hearted.

What is melancholy? The answer will be different for everyone. Muntendorf (1982, Hamburg) is one of the most interesting composers of her generation. In Melencolia, performed by fourteen brilliant musicians of Ensemble Modern and a six-person choir, she presents seven tableaus with different answers to this question in an associative manner. The answers are inspired by a wide range of different subjects, from Albrecht Dürer’s mysterious 1514 copperplate engraving Melencolia I to sentimental Japanese karaoke, and the by now deserted virtual cities of Second Life to footballer Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt.

In different ways, reality and virtuality are combined on stage. The scenes come to life in a colourful and island-like setting with live video projections and outrageous costumes, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, voice cloning and 3D sound. Where virtuoso modern-music solos alternate with sentimental Japanese karaoke, among others, the music skilfully navigates between irony, kitsch and cliché.

Paradoxically, the excess of ideas and impressions invites us to think about the demystified world we live in. The piece can be alienating, humorous and erratic, but deeply melancholic in particular.

Language: German, English
Surtitles: English, Dutch

This concert is excluded from Podiumpas