A couple has a harmonious and sensual relationship on all levels. The two of them share an almost daily ritual where she sings for him and more or less creates with the power of her voice a new universe for both of them. When she, however, becomes ill and there is the threat she will lose her voice, for her the focus shifts to preserving her voice, and in the end she is even willing to risk undergoing a most experimental treatment. Whereas after the operation she now has unimagined vocal possibilities and can perceive a new dimension, she distances herself from him at the same time – suddenly obscure universes seem to lie between them.
In “Transstimme” Fabià Santcovsky enquires about the existential significance of the human voice for a person’s identity as well as about the risks of the mania for technical optimization. With his music theater piece, which reminds one of mythological material such as “Pygmalion” but also of the almightiness mania of a Faustian character, he illuminates the dubious technological developments of our present times and their effects on our human relationships.
Language: German with english surtitles (English translation from German: Sarah Grahneis)
Duration: 75 Minutes
17.5.2020, 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Composition and libretto commissioned by the City of Munich for the Munich Biennale and the Staatstheaters Braunschweig
A coproduction of the Münchener Biennale and the Staatstheater Braunschweig
Kindly supported by the Institut Ramon Llull