With fresh, Irish bitterness

From Dublin, the British theatrical duo Dead Centre has set out to conquer the European theatre scene – with success. In IL TEOREMA DI PASOLINI, their first opera production, they balance realism, illusion and a philosophical examination of the workings o

It seems that Dublin is not the worst place to start conquering the theatre scene. For Dead Centre, in any case, it worked well: during recent years, the theatrical collective consisting of the two young Brits Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel has become a name to be reckoned with on the European cultural scene. “In Ireland we have just the right measure of outsider’s bitterness, enabling us to take a clear-sighted look at the realities of life,” Kidd explains. The philosophical search for what is actual reality, and how theatre can represent this reality, runs like a red thread through the duo’s productions, which have been shown at Vienna’s Burgtheater and Berlin’s Schaubühne, among others. Each of their productions is a balancing act between substance and appearance, between astonishing realism and a conscious revealing of the techniques of illusion the theatre uses to suggest reality to us. No wonder that their most notable works include evenings on Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

The production IL TEOREMA DI PASOLINI brings Dead Centre to an opera house for the first time: “To us this is a challenge: usually we write our own scripts, but here the score dictates the evening’s pace,” says Kidd, “and while the composer is still writing the music, we are already thinking about what the piece might look like on the opera stage.”


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Adventskalender im Foyer: Das 8. Fensterchen

Today in the foyer: arias and chorales from
Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"
5.00 pm / Parquet foyer
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / admission free

It seems impossible to imagine Christmas without Bach's Christmas Oratorio. This is why this work is not only firmly anchored in the concert programmes of professional choruses, but is also sung every year by many amateurs in church congregations. The arias, choruses and chorales of this colossal, exceptional work have long since become part of the common repertoire. And when we hear the words: " Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage", everyone has really got into the festive Christmas spirit.

Before our children's and youth chorus sings the Christmas Oratorio together with the Kammersymphonie Berlin under the direction of Christian Lindhorst on 17 December 2023 in the Apostel-Paulus-Kirche in Schöneberg, you can already experience a little foretaste with the soloists Kristina Griep (alto), Thaisen Rusch (tenor) and Tadeusz Milewski (baritone) and the soloists of the children's chorus Erik Kellner and Klara Gothe (soprano) in this little window.

Erik Kellner has been a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin's children's chorus since 2018 and Klara Gothe since 2017. Together with the children's chorus, they have appeared on stage in numerous productions, including TOSCA, HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and CARMEN. In Benedikt von Peter's staged realisation of the MATTHÄUS PASSION, they both play a solo role. They can also be seen as the 1st boys in performances of THE MAGIC FLUTE on the stage of the Deutsche Oper.