By Katharina Rosenberger / Ivan Talijancic (WaxFactory)
Inspired by Sophie Calle's "Suite vénitienne" and Jean Baudrillard's "Please follow me".
For 3 voices, fl, sax, vln, vcl, cb and electronics and dual-layered video projection, premiered August 18, 2007, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Zürich, Switzerland.
… suivre et être suivi…
c'est la règle du jeu et de son arbitraire qui seul exalte les passions....
"For months I followed strangers on the street. For the pleasure of following them, not because they particularly interested me. I photographed them without their knowledge, took note of their movements, then finally lost sight of them and forgot them.
At the end of January 1980, on the streets of Paris, I followed a man whom I lost sight of a few minutes later in the crowd. That very evening, quite by chance, he was introduced to me at an opening. During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Venice…"
To follow the other is to take charge of his itinerary; it is to watch over his life without him knowing it; it is to relieve him of that existential burden, the responsibility for his won life. Simultaneously, she who follows is herself relieved of responsibility for her own life as she follows blindly in the footsteps for the other. A wonderful reciprocity exists in the cancellation of each existence, in the cancellation of each subject’s tenuous position as a subject. Following the other, one replaces him, exchanges lives, passions, wills, transforms oneself in the other’s stead.
X - suite filante (video opéra)
Katharina Rosenberger, music and artistic director
Ivan Talijancic, directing, text
Iva Sanjek, dramaturgy, text
Sylvia Nopper, soprano
Leslie Leon, mezzo soprano
Leila Pfister, mezzo soprano
ensemble für neue musik zürich
under the direction of Andreas Brenner
Erika Latta, acting
Nolwenn Moreau, Stéphane Pastor, off-voices
Antonio Giacomin, video
Spela Ursic, Nejc Batistic, stage design
Guiomar Giraldo, Elisabeth Schubiger, costumes
Daniel Müller, Blaise Dutoit, light
Thomas Peter, sound
Thomas Keller, Verein Freqwerk + Association X, production
Photo: Isabelle Meister
see also: https://soundcloud.com/katharinarosenbergeropera