In Transit


An experimental work by Eva-Maria Abelein, Lisa Däßler and Mischa Tangian with singers of the opera ensemble and Lukas Truniger

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Conductor Kevin McCutcheon
Stage-Director Eva-Maria Abelein
Composition, Arrangement Mischa Tangian
Electronics, Arrangements Lukas Truniger
Set design, Costume design Lisa Däßler
Dramaturge Sebastian Hanusa
With Alexandra Hutton
With Elbenita Kajtazi
With Christina Sidak
With Carlton Ford
With Martin Gerke
With Jörg Schörner
With Álvaro Zambrano
With Mischa Tangian
With Lukas Truniger
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Transit lounges are places for travellers on the way somewhere, for people passing through, spending a short period of time at rail stations and airports, in underpasses and or roadhouses. Halfway locations – or, as the philosopher Marc Augé describes them, non-locations.

Together with director Eva-Maria Abelein and composer Mischa Tangian the soloists of the Deutsche Oper Berlin explore the creative potential of transit lounges. Halfway locations generate flights of fancy and spawn melodies and rhythms. Individuals fall into conversation with strangers, go their separate ways. The transit lounge was only a stopgap, a fleeting phenomenon.

IN TRANSIT is an experimental piece with ensemble members in which anything goes except one thing – aria singing. Instead of that, the singers show off what they else they’re capable of: musicals, jazz, whistling, cooking, dancing, quilting, rapping, swinging..

Director Eva-Maria Abelein has been a stage director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2012 and has directed her own productions including works for theatres in Passau, Erfurt and Bern. The young Russian composer and performer Mischa Tangian studied under Manfred Trojahn and George Benjamin. He has had international appearances as a violinist and is a regular collaborator with the breakdancer Airdit.

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