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    Atlas - Inseln der Utopie (Photo: © Ladislav Zajac)
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    Atlas - Inseln der Utopie (Photo: © Ladislav Zajac)

Atlas – Inseln der Utopie

The ‘space’ – in this case the stunning gallery in the Herrenhausen gardens – is transformed into a type of ‘bowl’ containing utopias which change, overlap, are interdependent or antagonise each other.

The concept of utopia with its associations of freedom and self-determination is an ideal, political, social and spiritual entity bordered by walls or rules, but neither tangible nor mappable. Non-tangible spaces created through sound and light are created in the enormous gallery in which the audience can move freely and select their own perspective of the action – either wandering around or sitting or reclining at will. The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop will be augmented by international soloists on Baroque instruments and the vocal roles undertaken by members of the Neue Vocalsolisten, one of the best ensembles of its kind worldwide. A new instrument, the auraphone with its fascinating sounds, is waiting to be discovered.

Neue Vocalsolisten: Sarah Maria Sun (Soprano), Truike van der Poel (Mezzo-soprano), Martin Nagy (Tenor),
Guillermo Anzorena (Baritone), Andreas Fischer (Bass)
With: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
Music, Text and Space Concept: José María Sánchez-Verdú
Direction: Sabrina Hölzer
Installation: Ladislav Zajac
Live-electronic Realisation: SWR Experimentalstudio
Auraphon: Joachim Haas
Sound: Sven Kestel

A production of KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO.