In six to seven single scenes, which will be linked by a chorus of female voices, Draesner’s text takes up the themes of Combattimento: religious war, romantic love between a man and a woman, limitations in understanding “the other”, fears and the need to be in control, the eroticisms of violence, reactions to strain and pressure. The figural scenes will be interspersed with scenes elucidating the historical background and its political and economic dimensions. The texts will be spoken, recited or sung by various voices (on and off stage). The constructed space will be multilayered in its historical and linguistic dimensions: languages of war (drones, intelligence), of pornography, romantic love and economics will be used next to the private communication and inner monologues of the couple, allowing a concise and emotionally intense tackling of the topics without introducing an omniscient narrator propagating any messages of salvation (as in Monteverdi). The approach takes into account how, affected by the tensions of migration and poverty, the world seems to have become linguistically and socially diverse for so many of us (Ulrike Draesner).
Tre Volti – three musical spaces, three rotations, three faces:
- Il Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda – music and text from musique & Claudio Monteverdi and Torquato Tasso. Interpreted by a baroque orchestra, according to the historic interpretation.
- Monteverdi’s Loops (Les boucles de Monteverdi) – Jeremias Schwarzer re-designs the music and the text from Monterverdi in a well-defined segmentation. The repetitions and the “non-order” of the segments disrupt the traditional codes.
- Combattimento – music and text by Annette Schlünz et Ulrike Draesner. Th main subject of the Combattimento, the intertwining of love and the violence in a religious conflict, is treated with a contemporary point of view.
The text of Ulrike Draesner brings us in the heart of a couple’s daily life, within the context of their respective works and of their relationship, which is to be prey to desire or loneliness, to professional obligations or to the required sacrifices, the conflicts of the consciousness. Times have changed: the couple quarrels with words or indirect actions, without contact, following the model of modern wars.
Music: Annette Schlünz/Claudio Monteverdi
Text: Ulrike Draesner, Torquato Tasso
Musical conception: Annette Schlünz, Jeremias Schwarzer
Musical director: Jeremias Schwarzer
Stage direction: Ingrid von Wantoch-Rekowski
Assistant to Stage Director: NN
Stage/light: Fred Pommerehn
Musical Assistant: Elina Albach
Petra Hoffmann, soprano
Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Four voices (SWR Vokalensemble)
Adam Starkie, clarinet/bass clarinet
Philippe Koerper, saxophone
Vincent Lhermet, accordion
Philipp Lamprecht, percussion
Lee Santana, guitar, e-guitar