Staged Production: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Janni Younge
Sicily, in mythical times. The shepherd boy Aci and the sea nymph Galatea are in love, but the one-eyed giant Polifemo claims the beautiful nereid for himself. Rejected by Galatea, he kills young Aci in a brutal act of jealousy—before the boy is reunited with his beloved by being transformed into a stream.
George Frideric Handel’s serenata, written in 1708 and inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, is more than a pastoral love story: taking the struggle between mythical powers, nature, and human passion as a starting point, puppet creator, designer, and director Janni Younge—whose poetic visual language has won her worldwide acclaim—and her South-African company expose universal and highly topical issues related to the fragile relationship between humans and the natural world.
The Baroque specialists of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and a group of acclaimed soloists take on the musical side of this production, which is being created specifically for the Pierre Boulez Saal.
Supported by the Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin