Opéra Ivre in collaboration with Per Aspera
May 24 & 25, 2018 | 20:00
May 27, 2018 | 17:00
June 6, 2018 | 20:00 (part of Performing Arts Festival Berlin)
The Wandering is a stream-of-consciousness opera based on James Joyce’s Ulysses. It takes its libretto directly from the text of Ulysses by extracting and assembling sentences and phrases into pieces of a puzzle. With the same irreverence as Joyce
transformed the Odyssey into a modern reflection on humanity, so The Wandering extracts Ulysses into a very current Berlin story – a walking tone-poem on the migration of the modern human being through life in search of meaning. A fire in the human psyche is triggered musically by the use of simple counterpoints and thematic repetition.
The piece is decidedly Berlin, as a collaboration between Opéra Ivre (Ken Shakin), Tacheles Art Academy (Tim Roeloffs, Txus Parras, Anita Greschak), and Per Aspera (Brina Stinehelfer, Theater im Delphi) the style and themes of the show are alive with Berlin references and influences, past and present. The audience can expect to sink into an absurd, interactive, and moving underworld with a cast of misfits in search of hope, satisfaction, and ultimately a life worth living.
Ken Shakin, composer | Brina Stinehelfer, director | Tim Roeloffs, art director
Donna Lee, soprano |Alexander Simoes, tenor | DaRell Haynes, baritone | Sabia Kahn, performer | Udo Wiegand, performer | Sarah McKee, performer | Ken Shakin, music director | Tim Roeloffs, set & props | Txus Parras, Animation | Anita Greschak, Costume design | Tilman Agueras, Video & Light design