Composition Commission issued to Hans Thomalla
Theater Freiburg and Augsburg, Germany
2010 recipient of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Composer’s Prize composer Hans Thomalla is writing a piece of musical theater for Theater Freiburg and Theater Augsburg that deals with the Kaspar Hauser story. In 1828 Kaspar Hauser became an attraction: without origin or language he served as a perfect projection surface for people’s desire for sensation. Thomalla distills a text collage from reports of the day and musicalizes the intangible phenomenon for the stage encountering the existential void of an identity and its consequences for language, Hauser’s expressivity.
April, May and June 2016
Theater Freiburg and Theater Augsburg, Germany