Docu­men­ta­ry thea­ter with ope­ra
Sub­tit­led in English


When Yas­mi­ne Motar­je­mi starts her job as Cor­po­ra­te Food Safe­ty Mana­ger in Vevey, she is high­ly moti­va­ted, well trai­ned, and her exper­ti­se inter­na­tio­nal­ly reco­gni­zed. Anyo­ne working in food safe­ty has to be pre­cise. The spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons that are deve­lo­ped have a glo­bal impact; at best, mista­kes cau­se sto­macha­ches, at worst, child­ren die. The fact that the­re are head­winds in a lis­ted com­pa­ny is part of the job. Then head­winds turn into mob­bing: Her work is made impos­si­ble, she con­ti­nues to work, gives warnings, keeps going. At some point, a noti­ce of ter­mi­na­ti­on is on the table. And a offer for an end-of-con­tract gra­tui­ty. She will not take the money. 15 years later, the court rules in her favor. A woman takes the world’s lar­gest food com­pa­ny to court, alo­ne. Like the anci­ent Elek­tra from Strauß’ ope­ra, she can’t keep quiet about wrong­do­ing. But whist­leb­lowing has its toll.

Mona Somm can sing a song about it – an aria, to be pre­cise, that is con­si­de­red one of the most chal­len­ging in the histo­ry of music. An evening with and about women who open their mouths.

The inter­play of acting and sprinklings of ope­ra takes on an urgen­cy, a tra­gic gran­deur, becau­se in the music all the emo­tio­na­li­ty can come out, which the mana­ger Yas­min Motar­je­mi for­bids herself. […] Sascha Özlem Soy­dan plays it very stron­gly, very force­ful­ly – this ugly busi­ness sto­ry can real­ly get to you. (SRF 2 Kul­tur)

Pho­to: Nja­zi Nivokazi

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Mona Somm, Sascha Ö. Soydan

Pro­duc­tion team

Con­cept & direc­tion: Anna-Sophie Mahler

Assi­stant direc­tor: Sarah Calörtscher

Sta­ge & props: Sophie Krayer

Rese­arch & con­cept: Syl­ke Gruhnwald

Musi­cal arran­ge­ment: Ste­fan Wirth

Sound design: Mar­cel Babazadeh

Dra­ma­tur­gy & con­cept: Julia Reichert

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