The usual concern just a few days ago: How will the premiere be sold? But a lot of preparatory work for new music theatre formats has already been done in Wuppertal. Demand exceeds the number of seats, some have to postpone their visit until the second performance.
In Wuppertal, “Chaosmos” is part of a programme called “on stage”. Also otherwise the audience is brought on stage. Visitors should therefore be used to questioning the peep-box stage and its relationship between performer and audience. Nevertheless, some of them are sceptical about the fact that they are being brought on stage one person at a time, and are even entrusted with sorting out the notes before they are finally allowed to sit down. The audience shouldn’t have it too comfortable afterwards, either. Stage designer Eyleen König has banished him to stadium seats …
But then everything gets rolling. After ninety energetic minutes: Long and intense applause for soloists, musicians, production team. A bravo at this point also from the feXm: For Rike Schuberty and Annemie Twardawa as Joe and Jay. But especially for the quartet of singers and the musicians of the Wuppertal Opera. They mastered a lot of unusual things on this evening, synchronized in their interplay solely by a click track in the ear instead of a conductor.
For the feXm as well as for the production team, “Chaosmos” was initially an obstacle course. Some organisational adjustments were only made in the context of ongoing experience with the new support programme. But everyone’s sigh of relief now is short. Who else knows such premiere festivals? Little attention is paid to final judgments, most speak of ways of further development.