Coming soon: World premiere of “Subnormal Europe” on 14 June at 7 p.m. at the Media theatre ZKM Karlsruhe (with live stream)

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Coming soon: World premiere of “Subnormal Europe” on 14 June at 7 p.m. at the Media theatre ZKM Karlsruhe (with live stream)

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Coming soon: World premiere of “Subnormal Europe” on 14 June at 7 p.m. at the Media theatre ZKM Karlsruhe (with live stream)

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Opera in two acts

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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.


Saturday, 16.05., 17:00 Uhr, Grußwort/Greeting

Language: German with english surtitles (English translation from German: Sarah Grahneis)
Duration: ca. 75 Minutes

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

Jelena Bankovic (soprano) , Georg Mitterstieler (actor), ensemble of the Braunschweig State Orchestra
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Some “NEW Return” results faster and more unexpected than expected. Due to the ubiquitous effects of the Corona Pandemic, the Munich Biennale 2020 will for the first time become a dynamic festival. Premieres that cannot be released in Munich in May 2020 due to the pandemic will be premiered elsewhere, or in Munich at a different time.

The Munich Biennale will not stream performance-replacement pieces. It will not go online as a whole. The Internet is used primarily to provide impulses for later, physically real performance situations. We assume that many of the productions planned for the 2020 Biennial will see the light of day over the next eighteen months. The theme and spirit are to take place in the “Salon of Wonder and Views” as a unifying element over a longer period of time in various locations in a pointed manner.

In all existential crises, the arts have been a (co)decisive moment of renewal, of rethinking, of reflection, of departure, of conversion, of NEW Return, for each individual as well as for the community. Thus the dynamic Munich Biennale 2020/2021 is, with its motto “Point of NEW Return”, a metaphor for the necessary flexible handling of our present and a model for mobility, topicality and relevance of the arts.