With the project “Obsessions” by the composer Yiran Zhao and the Oblivia theatre group, the third production of the “NOperas!” funding initiative will start in the 2021/22 season in Bremen and Wuppertal.
Within the framework of the “NOperas!” funding programme, the expert jury of the “Fonds Experimentelles Musiktheater” (feXm) has selected the third production for realisation. The project “Obsessions” by the Chinese composer Yiran Zhao and the Finnish theatre group Oblivia will be first produced at Theater Bremen in the 2021/22 season and then further developed at Wuppertal Opera.
The Oblivia theatre collective was founded in Helsinki in 2000. Since then, it has made an international name for itself with audiences and critics alike with performances that transcend genre boundaries and address major themes with extremely minimal theatrical means. The musical works of the young Chinese composer Yiran Zhao aim at the interdisciplinary and, in addition to elements of the performative, often include those of the visual arts. Since 2014 they have been interpreted by renowned contemporary music ensembles and have been performed at renowned festivals.
As part of a celebrated joint work with Yiran Zhao for the Stuttgart festival “Eclat”, Oblivia ventured into the special area of music theatre for the first time in February 2020. The continuation of this collaboration is now planned within the framework of “NOperas!”, which is supported by feXm with 170,000 Euros. With musicians and singers from the ensembles of the participating theatres, the project will for the first time also include other actors in addition to the performers of Oblivia. By using different theatrical means, the two houses will each have their own way of dealing with the title theme.