The Castle

A Winter Journey by NOVOFLOT
based on the novel by Franz Kafka

Novoflot: Das Schloss

The Castle

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For their new production The Castle, the independent opera company NOVOFLOT moves for the first time into the Haus der Berliner Festspiele - with texts by Franz Kafka, Lieder by Franz Schubert, new compositions by Aleksandra Gryka, trombone improvisations by Nils Wogram and live-drawings by Ulrich Scheel.

In the cold store of literary fiction an unwaningly puzzling place is kept: Kafka’s “Castle“ is a mysterious power, to which the land surveyor K. seeks access all his life - without success. A century before someone else crossed the same freezing zone: Franz Schubert measured the same territory with the “Winter Journey“, in which K. about hundred years later gets lost.

NOVOFLOT sets up an audio experiment by overlaying the novel with Lied and subtitling Kafka with Schubert. Re-mastered this way, “The Castle“, obtains a ‘digital emotional track’ through the Winter Journey, which Kafka’s novel decodes supposedly without any trouble. Soon interfering frequencies become audible at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, though. Schubert mutates to a rampant cancer. Everybody is watching how the stranger, land surveyor K., multiplies himself into many K-points wandering erratically around.

NOVOFLOT looks for the human that leads us deeply inside our personality. A master plan of the castle is designed, one that resembles the branches of the brain. However, the labyrinth of synapses does not yet function as a map in our search for the human. When the exhausted K. finally falls asleep, jazz trombone player Nils Wogram embarks on his last journey. The castle opens its doors. And the K-points tie together to a line, to an alignment.

Direction Sven Holm
Musical Direction Vicente Larrañaga
Composition Aleksandra Gryka
Trombone improvisations Nils Wogram
Stage and costumes Elisa Limberg
Dramaturgy Fadrina Arpagaus
Production management Dörte Wolter

With Hans-Peter Scheidegger, Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir, Yuka Yanagihara, Nils Wogram, Ines Hu, Ulrich Scheel, ensemble mosaik and a group of children.

Funded by Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Fonds Darstellende Künste, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute Poland and the Rudolf Augstein foundation.