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30. March 2014

Die Blinden/Die VerwandlungPaul-Heinz Dittrich

Texts after the play by Maurice Maeterlinck and the story by Franz Kafka

Those in the GDR who refused to follow the imposed stylistic ideal of Socialist realism, were eyed with great suspicion by those in power. It was hard for composers like Paul-Heinz Dittrich, who was born in 1930, to have their musical theatre works performed ...

Those in the GDR who refused to follow the imposed stylistic ideal of Socialist realism, were eyed with great suspicion by those in power. It was hard for composers like Paul-Heinz Dittrich, who was born in 1930, to have their musical theatre works performed on stage. In his scenic compositions, Dittrich alludes to authors like Franz Kafka or Maurice Maeterlinck among others who were considered »decadent« and did not fall under the official cultural world view of the GDR. His scenic works, which he craftily called »scenic chamber music« were staged in theatres other than opera houses. Dittrich's transposition of Kafka's tale »Die Verwandlung« for five vocalists, one speaker, one mime artist and three instrumentalists was produced by the Berlin Staatsoper in 1984, but performed in the (East German) Akademie der Künste. A similar thing happened again to Dittrich two years later with his musical version of Maeterlinck's »static drama« »Die Blinden« (for five speakers and six instruments) which premiered in the Berliner Ensemble. Inspired by Adorno, in the 1980s Dittrich departed from classic forms and linear thinking in his compositions. By means of selection principles like the frequency of consonants and vowels he transposed his literary originals into sound material.

With this double evening performance the Werkstatt stage - after Friedrich Goldmann's »R. Hot bzw. Die Hitze« and Reiner Bredemeyer's »Der Neinsager« - again focuses on the opera composition work going on on the Eastern side of the Wall during the Cold War era.


Mitglieder der Staatskapelle Berlin und der Orchesterakademie bei der Staatskapelle Berlin
Sung in German
approx. 1:30 h | no interval
VORWORT
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)