New Lines # 2 Turn Turtle Turn
Yiran Zhao
Concept, Direction, Dramaturgy, Texts
Light & Stage Design
Costume Design

The question posed by Oblivia in this geological era of the Anthropocene and its man-made crises is: “How did it get to this point?” and is the starting point of their new piece for the 2024 Munich Biennale which will premiere in the inner and outer spaces of the municipal library in the HP8. In this work, the hit Finnish company of the new music theatre scene take another look at humanity’s great concerns and counter them in a delicately humorous manner using fragments of text, movement, and New Music. In “Turn Turtle Turn”, the five performers of Oblivia, working with three local singers and the twelve-member ensemble ö! directed by Francesc Prat, playfully and pointedly create a grandiose tableau: they meander between the age of dinosaurs and adventure stories, between the Ice Age and parallel worlds, between prehistoric geography and our hunt for fossil raw materials. Sometimes coming right up close, sometimes seeming to drift right away, “Turn Turtle Turn” flows in its search for traces of the status quo of humanity stuck between perpetual (self-) destruction and persistent hope.

Music Ensemble
Componist & Performer
Koproduktion Münchener Biennale, Oblivia und Ensemble ö!, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Münchner Stadtbibliothek und anderen Partnern
Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes
gefördert durch
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Svenska kulturfonden
Helsinki City
Culture Moves Europe
In Zusammenarbeit mit ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MUNICH, dem Residenzprogramm der Landeshauptstadt München
Culture Moves Europe
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