Songs and Images
The opening piece of the series "Concerts | Opera 04" is a work commissioned by the Berliner Festspiele. The point of departure is a text by the American beat poet and convention-breaker William S. Burroughs. His novel of the same name, "Interzone", however, serves here less as a standard text than as a kind of structural pattern.
Burroughs termed "interzones" as the ideal interstices where codes, sign systems and traditions become intertwined and are fortified. On the basis of these experiments in form the author Marcel Beyer has written his first libretto. Beyer’s keen interest in sounds and music is known from his novel "Flughunde" and his essays, amongst others. Enno Poppe’s music with its pulsating energy and compact forms finds a perfect vehicle in Beyer’s text.
The video artist Anne Quirynen is participating in an opera project for the first time, after having previously worked mainly with choreographers such as William Forsythe and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. The Ensemble Mosaik from Berlin is directed by the young American conductor Jonathan Stockhammer. "Interzone" shows the city as an operatic stage for colliding tales and experiences.