Marc Sinan / Tobias Rausch / Konrad Kästner
Chaosmos – A logistics opera
Artistic direction: Tobias Rausch, Konrad Kästner
Composition: Marc Sinan
Direction and video: Konrad Kästner
Text: Tobias Rausch
Stage and costume: Eyleen König
Team. The author and theatre director Tobias Rausch, the film and theatre director Konrad Kästner and the guitarist and composer Marc Sinan met as a team for the first time in 2018 as part of their joint multimedia music theatre project “Hecheln. A Trip into Textile” at the Theater Bielefeld. “Chaosmos” was their second collaboration.
Rather ironically Sinan/Rausch/Kästner called their project an »opera«. Chaosmos considered itself an »interactive experimental arrangement for orchestra, soloists, performers and forklift trucks«, dealing with the fallibility of human systems of order. The place of action was a logistics center. With references to biology, colonial history and much more, the piece celebrated with wicked humor the disaster of a collapse of all systems. Mark Sinan based his music on a variable system of order, in the shaping of which the audience participated in each case by making its own decisions. Like all theater at that time, this first production of the NOperas! program was caught up in the maelstrom of the Corona outbreak. After a successful premiere in Wuppertal, the lockdown led to the abandonment of rehearsals that had already begun in Halle. Chaosmos then mutated into a purely digital project in its continuation, its interactive approach continued with the use of the Internet: “Chaosmos – der Film” is made up of 24 variable components and celebrated its premiere as the opening presentation of a daily streaming of then digital theater projects on nachtkritik.
Initial production: Oper Wuppertal (premiere: 11.01.2020)
Annemie Twardawa (Jay), Rike Schuberty / Marie Bretschneider (Joe)
Wendy Krikken (soprano), Iris Marie Sojer (mezzo-soprano), Adam Temple-Smith (tenor), Timothy Edlin (baritone)
Photos © Jens Grossmann