a sound and video installation for four coloratura sopranos about voices and identities
"Intellectually stimulating and teasingly funny art of our time."
"This three-hour, precisely timed sound structure is a confusing, constantly moving deconstruction of language, voice and sound. […] The bizarre fascination that the spectacle has created will not get out of your head so quickly."
"Voice Box was full of tongue in cheek [...] that allowed the audience to fully join in."
"The avant-garde business trip to the green creates a situational border experience with a feel-good program."
"The audience […] experiences an masterfull musical performance, which is then deconstructed in an irritating sequence of events at different locations in a deliberately bizarre manner."
"Delightful and playful experimental opera from young Finnish composer"
"The most enthusiastic reception got 'ettette' by Miika Hyytiäinen"
"Genuinely avantgardistic German music theatre."
"Musically the performance is excellent."
Opera “la figure de la Terre” is an opera about measuring the shape of the Earth and the depth of the heart.
Two journeys, two strangers: the French scientist Maupertuis travels to Lappland to determine the shape of the earth. He meets Christine Planström, a young woman from the northern wilderness, who accompanies him back to the sophisticated world of the Parisian salons after his research. The two Finn’s, Miika Hyytiäinen and Jaakko Nousiainen, musical theater piece examines the concepts of foreigness, identity and survival. The piece interprets Baroque quotations using contemporary music sources. Singers, a cembalo and a Baroque trio interact with echoes, sounds and noises. The show will be accompanied by a real-time generated video performance.
Libretto and director: Jaakko Nousiainen
Composition: Miika Hyytiäinen
Stage design/Videoperformance: Mia Mäkelä
Musical director/Harpsichord: Daniel Trumull
Christine Planström (Soprano): Estelle Lefort
Maupertuis (Tenor): Matthias Monrad Møller
Violin: Raphaëlle Pacault
Viola: Anna Fusek
Cello: Lea Rahel Bader
Costume: Lisa Kentner
Dramaturgie: Dag Lohde, Susanna Heise
A production of Dag Lohde and René Dombrowski
Financially supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Kone foundation and Schering Stiftung.
In co-production with Finnland Institute, der Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft, UdK, Sophiensaele and the Uferstudio.
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 8.00 pm. Premiere
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 8:00 pm.
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8:00 pm.
Friday, April 19, 2013, 8:00 pm.
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:00 pm.