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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




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Participating artists
Janni Younge
Janni Younge Productions
Emmanuelle Bernard
Kerstin Erben
Thomas Graewe
Barbara Halfter
Dörte Wetzel
Edi Kotlyar
Erik Dorset
Edburg Forck
Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer
Sabine Fehlandt
Jan Freiheit
Barbara Kernig
Walter Rumer
Raivis Misjuns
Xenia Löffler
Christian Beuse
Ute Hartwich
Sebastian Kuhn
Michael Freimuth
Raphael Alpermann
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Georg Kallweit
Luigi De Donato
Roberta Mameli
Janni Younge mit Luke Younge und Sean Mac Pherson
Elvis Sibeko
Sophie Rennert
Illka Louw
Mongiwekhaya
Lubabalo Pupu
Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni
Keishia Solomon
Roshina Ratnam
Nathi Mngomezulu
Sophie Joans
Sven-Eric Müller
Lize-Marie Wait
Luke Younge
Rudo Chiyangwa
Sivuyile Gatji
Sean Mac Pherson
Belson Malunga
Siyanda Mzantsi
Thokozani Nandolo
Zuko Nxantsiya
Uys van der Merwe
Judy Wainey
Christopher Worthington-Smith
Zubenathi Zide
Samkelo Zihlangu
Linette van Rensburg