Pills or Serenades

Pills or Serenades

© Ali Ghandtschi

Music Theatre

Pills or Serenades

Music Theatre

The new music theatre work, “Pills or Serenades”, by Berlin-based Brazilian Chico Mello is a study on moods and the “mood-making” of music, and at the same time a play with the paradox of “editing”: a montage of volatility and a confrontation of different atmospheres.
Recitative material of different styles and textures is cut up and put together again in such a way that the listener feels exposed to a whimsically moody chimera.

That music has the potential to manipulate moods is a well-known fact. “Pills or Serenades” explores two interlocked levels of impact: experiencing emotion – music influences our inner mood, recognizing emotion – a musical experience is accorded an inner mood.
The work resembles a sensuous test assembly that enables comparative listening. Ambiguous text sequences are set to music in a “vowels-generated” way: a certain sound of a modus or scale is assigned to each vowel. In this way, the text determines the melody and the implied assessments of traditional melodic phrases are set to music multiple times so that the texts can seem happy, sad, even-tempered or exaggerated.
The viewer is observer and witness of this emotional rollercoaster between natural participation and enjoyment of a highly artificial language, moods as artefacts.

Chico Mello
Pills or Serenades
A study in moods and modes (2013) WP

Tobias Dutschke, text
Adeline Rosenstein / Yvonne Harder, direction
Stefan Oppenländer, stage/costumes
Marie Guillon Le Masne, costumes / assistance stage

Soloists:
Fernanda Farah, alto
Ruth Rosenfeld, soprano
Rainer Killius, baritone/harmonium
Chico Mello, tenor/guitar

Instrumentalists/choir:
Andrea Neumann, piano
Yodfat Miron, viola
Sophie Notte, cello
Jochen Carls, double bass
Tobias Dutschke, percussion

Rainer Killius, coaching
Felix Grimm, technical director / lighting design
Endre Ketzel, sound technology
Marie Guillon Le Masne, assistance stage
ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro, production management

A production by Chico Mello in collaboration with Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik and Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden. Funded by means of the Capital Cultural Fund
Special thanks to: Constanza Macras DorkyPark / Sonia Farah / Martin Kleinschmidt / Elisabeth Pichler / Jenny Rosenstein / Ernst Surberg, Ronny Trocker as well as the independent human rights organization augenauf from Switzerland