Philippe Manoury: Kein Licht

Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany


With the musical theater project Kein Licht (No Light) composer Philippe Manoury and director Nicolas Stemann (chief director of the Münchner Kammerspiele since the 2015/2016 season) are aiming for a juxtaposition of music and spoken word theater, a dialogue between music and language. The work commissioned by the Paris Opéra Comique will be premiered in 2017 as part of the Ruhrtriennale festival. After further performances including Paris and Zagreb it will be integrated into the repertoire of the Münchner Kammerspiele for a series of eight performances to be supported by the EvS Music Foundation. The partner here is the Munich Philharmonic.

Elfriede Jelinek’s Kein Licht, that arose in response to the reactor catastrophe at Fukushima, offers material for the scenic work. In the musical-theatrical transposition the text is not only seen as a libretto to be set to music. Instead, the text is to be confronted with music and vice versa. The work arises at the crossroads between the compositional and scenic creation process. This gives rise to a combination of silent theater, theater accompanied (or not) by music, sung theater (“speech melody“), sung opera (with instrumental and/or electronic music) and instrumental music (without voice). For the interplay of all these elements Philipp Manoury formulated the notion of “Thinkspiel” (or think-play).


End of the 2017/2018 season
Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich


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