Hauen und Stechen
Musical direction: Roman Lemberg
Composition: Alexander Chernyshkov
Director: Franziska Kronfoth
Dramaturgy: Maria Buzhor
Stage, Costumes: Christina Schmitt
Video: Martin Mallon
Team. The music theatre collective “Hauen und Stechen” was founded in 2012 by the music theatre directors Franziska Kronfoth and Julia Lwowski in Berlin. The focus of its work is the examination of works of opera literature and their translation into a new music theatre of disparate art spaces and sound worlds. The group runs a sensual, emotionally charged theatre that leaves room for improvisational impulses and seeks direct contact with the audience. Classical music repertoire is often overwritten, re-contextualized and short-circuited with elements of pop culture.
Project. Once before, in a now little-known opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, the Russian legend of the sunken city of Kitesch and its bells ringing from under the water found its way into musical theatre. Together with the composer Alexander Chernyshkov, Hauen und Stechen subjected Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical and thematic motifs to a thorough reworking. Elements of folk music also appear, integrated into the idiom of contemporary music. Kitesh, sunken but still alive, stands for the design of a happier, better organised world, his sinking for the loss of utopia that characterizes our time. Within an immersive music theater event, which finally leads to the central stage, the audience takes on the role of the Golden Horde that Kitesh falls victim to, only to find itself together with the performers in a collective evocation of repressed utopias and dreams.
House of first production: Opera Halle (Premiere: 18.10.2020)
Due to the pandemic, further performances must also be cancelled for “Kitesh” in the 2020/21 season. The premiere of the further developed project at Theater Bremen is planned for 07.07.2022.
Photos © Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH Halle, Falk Wenzel