Orpheus in der Oberwelt: Eine Schlepperoper

  • 45%illegality
  • 0%Eurydice
  • 20%theory
  • 35%action
[Orpheus in the Upper World: A Trafficker Opera]

Frontex and barbed wire: Europe is sealing itself off. For fear of having to give something away. The borders of andcompany&Co., on the other hand, are open – this international collective of artists from various disciplines is active all over the world, their themes are politically explosive. They often formulate a critique of current abuses by drawing historical references.
“Orpheus in der Oberwelt: Eine Schlepperoper” is about the border river in eastern Europe known in Greek as Evros and in Turkish as Meric. In recent times, countless dead bodies have been washed up on its banks and buried in a “cemetery of illegal immigrants” – metre-high fences and minefields seal off this outer border of Europe. According to Greek mythology, the head of Orpheus once floated here too – Dionysus’s enraged followers had ripped it from his body after he emerged from the underworld.
Now Orpheus returns once more, and becomes an unfortunate human trafficker, for the path to Europe leads to the kingdom of the dead. Inspired by Monteverdi’s 1607 opera “L’Orfeo”, andcompany&Co. not only blend mythology and music, but also documentary material and nameless fates into a new, old story: a myth collides with reality – the torn body of Orpheus encounters the anonymous dead on Europe’s border rampart.
Produced by andcompany&Co.
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Hippodrome Scène nationale de Douai, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, FFT Düsseldorf, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr & Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster
Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes und den Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten
andcompany&Co.: Orpheus in der Oberwelt.

Dates and Facts

Austrian Première

Fri 17/10, 19.30 &
Sat 18/10, 21.30


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By and with Irida Baglanea, Bora Balci, Knut Berger, Georg A. Bochow, Juliane Hahn, Alexander Karschnia, Claudia Splitt, Komi Mizrajim Togbonou &Co.
Music Sascha Sulimma mit Susanne Fröhlich, Simon Lenski, Reinier van Houdt&Co.
Artistic direction Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord & Sascha Sulimma
Text Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord &Co.
Set design and costumes Jan Brokof & João Loureiro &Co.
Masks João Loureiro
Light Gregor Knüppel &Co.
Sound Matthias Erb
Assistant Director Juliane Hahn
Assistant Set Design Katharina Korth
Assistant Costumes Denise Majer
Intern Set Design Hannah Roolf
Research Yumin Li
Consultation Florian Schneider
Technical Direction Marc Zeuske
Company Management and Administration Katja Sonnemann & Sigrid Hilmer