After a year of searching, we reach the finale of the original opera. After stops in Barbieland, the Spanish Civil War and outer space, the search now finds itself, ending in a story that only seems banal: a soap opera. On the scene of a funfair, we meet the young naïf Paul at the shooting gallery, the trophy girl Ines and Angelika, who always masters life with a smile, and ask questions about sacrifice and self-sacrifice, and what else all this has to do with a (soap) opera.
Gradually, a different tone is revealed and a hidden myth emerges, whose story tells of horror and redemption from ancient times. Is it a classical story at all, or are we not here with something quite different, more archaic?
The Helmi Puppentheater Kollektiv from Berlin has been working at Ballhaus Ost since 2006. They combine many artistic languages and directions in their shows, in which self-made Helmi puppets and self-written music always take leading roles. As in the year-long research journey »Die Suche nach der Ur-Oper«, the form in the finale also springs from their own changing viewpoints in the genre universe, and ranges from the thesis-like and abstract to the true-to-life and irritating.
Hidden under phraselike everyday talk and theatrical explosions of emotion, the story behind the story is revealed, told together with the musician Amy G Dala and choreographer Sasa Queliz, as well as in collaboration with the actors, lyricists and directors Christina Berger, Anne Kubatzki and Florian Hein.
Direction, music, stories, play Emir Tebatebai, Amy G Dala, Florian Hein, Anne Kubatzki, Jakob Dobers, Christina Berger, Maxim-Ali Tebatebai, Florian Loycke, Louise Pons, Felix Loycke
Music Amy G Dala
Choreography Sasa Quelix
Costumes, requisites Louise Pons
Light, stage, technical direction Fabian Eichner
Production Natascha Tertre
Press Richard Mattmüller
A production by Das Helmi in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost, supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.