It was to be expected after a few days: Cancelled, the rehearsals for “Chaosmos” in Halle. Like a hundred others, this premiere will not take place at the estimated time. Nevertheless, the wheel does not stand still at the theatres, even if their doors remain closed. Neither does the feXm.
Together with the production team, feXm and Oper Halle are looking for alternative dates for “Chaosmos”. Instead, the date has not changed, only the communication channel for handing in and discussing the stage designs for “Kitesh” – after all, internet conferences make it possible to look everyone in the face at the same time.
Whatever you move, you are still currently maneuvering on uncertain ground, and within an overall plan, every move involves a chain of subsequent shifts. That’s why the people in Halle are now thinking about ways to keep the date of the construction test for “Kitesh”. If feasible, it should be supervised by a minimal staff of stage technicians. The rest of the people involved could then be connected to the internet, the safest place to be at the moment.
During all this, the third tender for NOperas! has come to an end. Almost by default, a “Stay healthy” in the letters of application replaces the warm greetings of an earlier era. Either way, the plan remains that nothing should delay the evaluation of the applications.
When “Chaosmos” began to take shape months ago, who would have thought what food a reflection on systems of order would soon find. What went on in Wuppertal in January seems more topical than it was then and at the same time has to face new interpretations. The idea of the collapse of all systems has lost its remotely fictional character. Hardly any more comes across as a vision of liberation. “Chaosmos” deliberately leaves in limbo the question of whether criticism of systems of order should be directed at particular systems of their own kind or whether systems of order have always been systems of suppression in themselves, and thus fundamentally to be fought against, as is the standardized opinion of more recent fields of study that bear the word “post” as a prefix. Two months after Wuppertal, we now have a clearer idea of what can be meant by the word chaos, and we want nothing more than order.
Will a worse order emerge from the former one, one in which we soon get used to state rule? A better one sees a Dominican coming on the radio yesterday. He said that we were running too fast and too breathlessly after things. Finally the chance to find peace, to reflect on the real thing, as he says. But is there anything more real for the many solo freelancers in the independent scene at this moment than their concern not to make ends meet? What will happen with the funding that artists qualified for in the context of “NOperas!” and on which they rely for the lives of their families, should it really turn out that in the end many things will have to be cancelled and that in the long run postponements will lead to a backlog of new commissions? At the moment of the threat, the country seems to become more aware of what it possesses in those who are beyond the economic exploitation chain and provide it with culture. Even the feXm would not leave its artists alone.
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