“Operation Warp Speed” (Captain Kirk sends his regards) is the slogan in the USA since yesterday. By all means, Trump wants to give his country a vaccine before the election. Putin promises to be even faster, but his laboratories are considered to be sufficiently reliable in the field of toxins.
The theatres are back from the summer break, back from the corona misery. Precisely because the situation has changed little in the meantime, it is no longer the same as before. The longer the virus keeps us in suspense, the more the view of it changes. And just as it is still impossible to travel through wormholes, with all this it does not look as if we will soon be back in more secure or manageable conditions.
In the theatre, too, this is now getting on our nerves. Intermediate solutions are no longer sufficient when the exception has become the rule. With its notoriously cumbersome structures, the music theatre business in particular is paralysed by the question of where it should orient itself and how it should plan.
NOperas! is also groping its way forward on this uncertain terrain. The word “experiment”, which the feXm carries in its name, has unintentionally acquired a second meaning. After “Hauen und Stechen”, Yiran Zhao and the group “Oblivia” are the second team this season that is mainly made up of women.
“Obessions” is due to have its first performances in Bremen, but the first working meeting last week was held in Wuppertal. It was a test of patience to organize it, there were constantly further cancellations of flights from Helsinki. With less arrangements in their pockets than usual, they went home afterwards. The basic uncertainty about the conditions under which theatre will be performed in a year’s time keeps Wuppertal’s schedule in abeyance. After all, the recent premiere of a “Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute), which (apart from the limited ticket sales) did not allow Corona compromises to be seen or heard, is giving an emotional boost: at last, you can feel the theatre floor under your feet once again.
At the same time as Corona, the audience in Halle has to struggle with further complications. After the internal dispute between the artistic director and the commercial manager, both are no longer at the theatre, which is provisionally managed by production manager Maximilian Grafe. “Kitesh” – in its reworked so-called “Corona version” – is only affected by all this to a limited extent and is moving quickly towards the final rehearsals. Ticket sales for the three double performances in October are extremely limited. If you don’t want to wait for the further developments in Wuppertal and Bremen, you should quickly switch now.
Two productions are to be in progress in the NOperas! framework, one in the pre-planning stage and a second in the rehearsal and performance stage. According to such planning, “Chaosmos” would have been completed by the summer. However, after Corona led to the cancellation of rehearsals in Halle in spring and rehearsals in Bremen could not even begin, this production is still in progress. So there are three of them NOperas! is juggling with right now. Like many other theatre projects of the past season, “Chaosmos” also switched from stage to digital. The material is in the final stages of post-production. The final decision is still pending as to whether it will be presented as a coherent film or as a collection of individual clips.