Infinite Now

Fri 26 May 2017,
7 p.m., Sun 28 May 2017,
7:30 p.m., Wed 31 May 2017,
7:30 p.m., Wed 7 June 2017,
7:30 p.m.
National Theater Mannheim

Infinite Now by Chaya Czernowin is the fruit of a montage of a short story by the Chinese author Can Xue and a selection of texts written on the front during the First World War: a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, À l’Ouest, rien de nouveau. In the two situations, a deadlocked situation for which nobody knows the solution, a world war or intimate destitution.

Awake our senses to the most minute and tangible changes; this is Czernowin’s compositional hallmark, her attention to the physical and spatial parameters of music, the weight, the textures, the effects of distance, of strangeness, of tearing apart. An opera or an electronic landscape? This ambiguity and changes in scale are the cornerstones of Infinite Now.

Chaya Czernowin Infinite Now Commissioned by the  Opera Vlaanderen, National Theater Mannheim, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Libretto by Chaya Czernowin and Luk Perceval based on the texts by Erich Maria Remarque and Can Xue
Opera Vlaanderen Orchestra and Chorus
Titus Engel Conductor
Luk Perceval Director
Philippe Bussmann Set, Video
Ilse Vandenbussche Costumes
Mark Van Denesse Lighting
Ted Stoffer Choregraphy
Luc Joosten Dramaturgy
Carlo Laurenzi IRCAM Computer Music Design
Sylvain Cadars IRCAM Sound Engineer

Karen Vourc’h Soprano
Kai Rüütel Mezzo-Soprano
Noa Frenkel Alto
Terry Wey Countertenor
Vincenzo Neri Baritone
David SalsberryFry Bass

Paul Bäumer, Rainer Süβmilch, Katczinsky, Benjamin-Lew Klon, Luitenant De Wit / Van Outryve, Didier De Neck, Kolonel Magots, Gilles Welinski, Soldier Seghers, Roy Aernouts, Schwester Elisabeth, Oana Solomon Actors

Nico Couk Guitar
Yaron Deutsch Electric Guitar
Séverine Ballon, Christina Meissner Cellos

An Opera Vlaanderen, National Theater Mannheim, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Philharmonie de Paris coproduction. This project has received the “Centenary” certification from the World War 1 Centenary Partnership Program.
  • Sunset, 2015.  © Koen van den Broek
    Sunset, 2015. © Koen van den Broek
  • Chaya Czernowin  © Astrid Ackermann
    Chaya Czernowin © Astrid Ackermann