Gilgamesh Must Die!
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Concert-and-drama work featuring “The bianca Story”
Concert-and-drama work featuring the band “The bianca Story” and Berlin children and teenagers with music by Fabian Chiquet, Victor Moser, Elia Rediger
Commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Premiered at the "Tischlerei" of the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 17. March, 2014
One third human, two thirds god, Gilgamesh, King of Mesopotamia, is a totalitarian egomaniac whose power and excesses know no bounds. Until, that is, the gods cause his best friend Enkidu to succumb to a painful death before his very eyes. Spurred on by fear, Gilgamesh embarks on a quest for the key to immortality. He is destined to discover the secret, but not in the way he expected...
The Gilgamesh epic is the oldest story known to man. The tale of Gilgamesh's progression from despot to protector of his homeland, Uruk, is set out on eleven stone cuneiform tablets. A twelfth tablet relates a separate adventure shared by Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Using the original tablets as a guide, the Basel pop group “The bianca Story” has written eleven songs based on the eleven stages of the epic. Performed by a company of children and teens from Berlin and a number of professional singers, GILGAMESH MUST DIE! becomes a wild and jolly journey to the depths of mankind's most basic fears in striving for immortality.
“The bianca Story” is not new to the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the 2012/2013 season the band worked with Director Daniel Pfluger's team to produce M & THE ACID MONKS, a piece that successfully blended the genres of concert, musical theatre, performance and dance.
Presented by taz.die tageszeitung, tip berlin and Wall AG.