The Trip to Panama


Lin Wang (*1976), based on a picture book by Janosch

Musical theatre for people aged 5 and over, by Lin Wang (*1976) adapted from the illustrated children's book by Janosch; Libretto by Dorothea Hartmann; Commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Premiere at Deutsche Oper Berlin on 26. January 2013

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Conductor Kevin McCutcheon
Stage-Production Daniel Pfluger
Stage-design Flurin Borg Madsen
Costume-design Janine Werthmann
Dramaturge Katharina Loock
Tiger Jörg Schörner
Bear Martin Gerke
Mouse I, Goose, A Dame, Crow, Narrator I Bini Lee
Mouse II, Cow, Hedgehog, Narrator II Rachel Hauge
Fox, Rabbit, Farmer, Narrator III Tobias Kehrer
Tiger Duck Zafraan Ensemble
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"We're alright!" chime the tiger and bear in self-satisfied unison. After all, they have everything they need to get by. Except that one day everything is turned on its head. The bear pulls a crate marked "Panama" out of the river, a box smelling pungently of bananas, and from that moment on they have only one idea in their heads - to get to "Panama - the land of my dreams". Off they go on their quest for the country of their yearnings. Janosch's 1976 children's classic OH, WIE SCHÖN IST PANAMA tells a poetic tale of dreams, travelling, exotic exploration and self-discovery. The material caught the attention of Chinese composer Lin Wang, who was commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin to create a light-hearted piece of children's musical theatre that brings a musical approach to the issues of homeland, foreignness and cultural identity. Lin Wang divides her time between China and Europe and first came to attention with the premiere of THE SOURCE at the Munich Biennale für Neues Musiktheater in 2010.