Johannes Maria Staud / Josef Winkler
Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen

Opening, Music Theater / Opera / Premiere


25.9.2015, 19:30
26.9.2015, 19:30
In deutscher Sprache
Talk nach der Vorstellung am
25.9.2016, 22:00
Helmut List Halle
Mit DJ Kira Kirsch & DJ Norman Palm


Production specifics

Auftragswerk steirischer herbst

Projektsponsor AVL Cultural Foundation

steirischer herbst 2015 opens with an installation-based concert performance. Composer Johannes Maria Staud and poet Josef Winkler venture a contemporary music theatre experiment together with Ensemble Modern.

The 2015 festival opening is another artistic venture: the composer Johannes Maria Staud meets the writer Josef Winkler. Their joint work, specially developed for steirischer herbst, is a subtle interplay of music and text. Not an ?opera, but an installation-based concert performance. ?A contemporary music theatre experiment.

“Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen” – surrealist Marcel Jean’s sculpture inspired Josef Winkler to create an unusual surrealist monologue. Formally, his text consists of three elements: litany-style invocations of an imaginary vis-à-vis alternate with retrospective views of a Catholic childhood in Carinthia and powerful plaints on contemporary society. “You petroleum society, you watchers of our tragedy, with the tattooed model of a gallows in the jumpy hollows of your knees, the plagiarised plastic roses on your threadbare wreaths, you who take the sepulchral smile at its word with the smell of fresh ink mixed with human heart blood – oily hand on heart! – how many axes does your heaven need anyway?”

The Austrian Johannes Maria Staud is one of the most internationally renowned composers of his generation. In close collaboration with the Büchner Prize winner Josef Winkler he developed the composition for twenty-two instrumentalists of Ensemble Modern. The main speaking part of the evening is played by the actor Johannes Silberschneider, who has received several prizes for his numerous film and television roles, winning the Grand Diagonale Acting Award in 2012. The artistic team headed by the young director Sofia Simitzis translates the artistic montage into three dimensions, into a kind of image or world machine. Large format projections on unusual objects, light, images, and the actions of the speaker and the ensemble interweave – engaging all the senses.

Komponistin / Komponist: Johannes Maria Staud
Autorin / Autor, Text: Josef Winkler
Ensemble / Gruppe / Band: Ensemble Modern
Musikalische Leitung: Emilio Pomárico
Schauspielerin / Schauspieler: Johannes Silberschneider
Regie: Sofia Simitzis
Bühnenbild, Ausstattung, Raumgestaltung: Inga Timm
Kostüme: Inga Timm
Video: Heta Multanen
Lichtregie: Voxi Bärenklau