Brachland - Geschichten vom Nichts

Music theatre by the Ensemble leitundlause
Neuköllner Oper Berlin, 2010

While in the city centre of Berlin the last vacant lots are being developed and turned into new, uncluttered castles in the air, the cities around are shrinking. They create huge urban wastelands. Entire villages are cut off from the world or disappear completely from the map. The ideology of permanent growth gives way to an art of shrinking.

A small group of fearless “space pioneers” turn their backs to the city and try to realize their projects in the countryside. They think urban, they are globally connected and bring their organic products by car to the countryside because there is no such thing like this to buy there. The eight performers of “leitundlause” slip into different roles, they praise housing projects as brokers and act as experts for urban and rural development, they deal with the problems of creatio ex nihilo, practice boredom and idleness, invent projects about projects and thus embark on the search for a new life. The music begins with the romantic conception about nature, which has always been a projection by the city dwellers and ranges from the pioneering aspects of music by Charles Ives and Morton Feldman to the musical rhetoric of the New, for example, in the’ Symphony from the New World’ or the advertising music of the 1960s, to the music of German Western films and newly arranged compositions.

After “Geschichten aus dem Plänterwald” and “Referentinnen” the ensemble “Leitundlause” and the Neuköllner Oper release the final piece of their Berlin trilogy. This time they take a closer look at the development of the city and the countryside and life after the end of economic boom in Germany.

The project is being co-produced with the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and in cooperation with IBA Stadtumbau 2010.

Text: Tilman Rammstedt and Matthias Rebstock
Musical director: Michael Emanuel Bauer
Director: Matthias Rebstock
Set design: Sabine Beyerle, Sabine Hilscher, David Reuter
Costumes: Sabine Hilscher
Projections: David Reuter, Sabine Beyerle
Electronics: Hannes Strobl
Choir: Matthias Bartsch
Dramaturgy: Bernhard Glocksin

Kathrin Diele, Philipp Gropper, Sabine Hilscher, Irmtraud Horstkotte, Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir, Uli Kempendorff, Deborah Klein, Ursula Renneke, Lydia Starkulla, Janni Struzyk and Mariel Jana Supka

World premiere on August 26, 2010, 20 p.m.