Mixed Fee­lings

A Co-Fee­ling Ope­ra for the Anthropocene

The waves are cra­shing, the sea level is rising. The tide was­hes trash onto the beach: junk and plastic in all shapes and colors. In the rhythm of the tides, a new age announ­ces its­elf. The audi­ence is stran­ded in the midst of things that have beco­me unau­then­tic: Bet­ween cables, data, sen­sors and plastic was­te, they encoun­ter the new for­ces of natu­re with mixed fee­lings — hel­pless­ness, anger, eupho­ria, sad­ness, com­fort. But what to do?

«To act we have to have a beat» (Ursu­la K. Le Guin): All com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve action is based on rhythm and vibra­ti­on and stri­ves for har­mo­ny. How can we enter into new reso­nan­ces with our envi­ron­ment? What can the objects that sur­round us tell us about the world?

“Mixed Fee­lings” is a hybrid for­mat of baro­que ope­ra, instal­la­ti­on, and post­hu­ma­nist bal­let set to the moving beat of the tides. Amidst living stran­ded goods, this co-fee­ling ope­ra inter­ro­ga­tes respon­si­ble action and cross-spe­ci­es empa­thy in the man-made age of cri­sis, the Anthropocene.

A 30-minu­te audio­vi­su­al medi­ta­ti­on sets the mood for the thea­ter evening and com­ple­ments it: A jour­ney in the swell that floo­ds the sen­ses with crack­ling white­caps, bubb­ling plastic bot­t­les and sur­ging emotions.

June 2021
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Bran­dy But­ler, Leo Hof­mann, Jakob Leo Stark, Sascha Özlem Soy­dan

Pro­duc­tion Team

Con­cept & Artis­tic Direc­tion: Ben­ja­min van Beb­ber, Leo Hof­mann, Filo­me­na Krause

Com­po­si­ti­on: Leo Hofmann

Equip­ment: Filo­me­na Krause

Libret­to: Ben­ja­min van Bebber

Dra­ma­tur­gy: Niko­lai Prawdzic

Audio­vi­su­al Medi­ta­ti­on: Juan Fer­ra­ri, Car­los Iaviña

Assi­stant direc­tor: Ken­za Nessaf

Assi­stant sta­ge & props: Leo­nie Müller

Guest stu­dent: Sophie Anghern/Nicola Grieser 

Out­side Eye: Hayat Erdoğan

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