A musical-theatrical fever dream in three parts
Endless Pleasures is a musical-theatrical fever dream in three parts.
I. Der Singende Kopf is an experimental opera fragment by Marc Sinan with a libretto by Maike Wetzel and resembles one third of the Endless Pleasures triology. The piece is based on Ovids epilogue on the story of Orpeus and Euridike and the Chinese Opera The Peony Pavilion.
For the performance the stage was transformed into an immersive room on the edge between reality and virtuality, resembling Orpheus way between life and death. The four by four grid of vertical light bars react in realtime to the performance of the partly improvising musicians. The reflections of the light sculpture beautifully reflect on the stage floor, which was completely covered with mirror foil.
Der Singende Kopf premièred at Radialsystem Berlin on April 6th 2019.
II. GEISTER is a transmedial concert performance addressing Orpheus’ and Euridikes’ journey to the underworld. The piece does not only take place on stage but turns the whole venue into an acoustic space that can be explored by the audience. Single musicians sit in empty floors, freight elevators or even in the basement spread throughout the whole building. Synchronized by a click track all the musicians play in time and their audio signal is transferred to a control center in the concert hall where the signals are mixed and turned into a collage of sounds by Marc Sinan and Oğuz Büyükberber. In order to visualize the sound traveling from the sources to the center light bars mark the way and interweave the whole space like a big net. Every sound of an instrument triggers a light impulse that travels from light bar to light bar and finally makes its way to the center. When different strands of the net meet alike the audio signal the light impulses start adding up to each other as well.
GEISTER premièred at WhiteBox in Munich on March 29th 2019.
III. Orpheus & die Pägonienfrau is a transmedial musical theatre that combines the stories of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” and Tang Xianzu’s “The Peony Pavilion”. In this staging the central cube on the stage serves as a versatile décor that can be easily transformed into a completely different setting by projection mapping. As synchronicity is a really important aspect of the piece the projected visuals are also reacting on the audio signal of the orchestra.
Orpheus & die Pägonienfrau premièred at Puschkinhaus Halle (Saale) on October 19th 2019.
Marc Sinan Company
Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinet)
Daniel Eichholz (percussion)
Almut Kühne (vocals, performance)
Marc Sinan (e-guitar. elektronic)
Ulzhan Baibussynova (vocals, dombra)
Hasti Molavian (mezzo-soprano)
Maria Schneider (percussion)
Miako Klein (flute)
Ensemble ConTempo Beijing
Xiong Xiohan, Miako Klein(dizi)
Fanhe Liu, Li Xingmei, Weiping Wang (pipa)
Jiakang Zhang, Zheng Yi, Ming Wang (zheng)
Yang Zheng, Zhang Luqi, Wu Wei (sheng)
Claudia Luise Bose (Mama E)
Ines Heinrich Frank / Claudia Luise Bose (Päonienfrau)
Simon Buchegger / Ines Heinrich Frank (Big O)
Nils Dreschke / Nico Parisius (Manager / Erzähler)
Nils Dreschke / Simon Buchegger (Wirt)
Nils Dreschke / Simon Buchegger (Richter)
Nico Parisius (Koch)
Franziska Rattay (Double Sängerin)
composition, musical & artistic lead: Marc Sinan
libretto: Maike Wetzel
director: Christoph Werner
stage design: schnellebuntebilder
objects/ concept & performance: Ulrike Langenbein
dramaturgy: Holger Kuhla, Maike Wetzel, Ralf Meyer
stage & costumes: Angela Baumgart
dolls: Lili Laube, Hagen Tilp
production manager: Eric Nikodym, Annika Stadler // YMUSIC