to 22 October 2017
18 October 2017 8.00 pm
19 October 2017 8.00 pm
21 October 2017 8.00 pm
22 October 2017 3.00 pm
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08 October 2017
As an introduction to the Kein Licht performances, a cycle of scientific mini-lectures, arts & sciences installations and events offered by the EHESS, Université PSL and the CNRS....
02 October 2017
Extracts from Kein Licht
Kein Licht (2011/2012/2017)CREATION - Thinkspiel for actors, instrumentalists and electronic music in real time based on a text by Elfriede Jelinek. Commissioned by the Opéra Comique. World premiere on 25 August 2017 as part of the Ruhrtriennale, Germany. Kein Licht, from 18 to 22 October 2017 at the Opéra Comique Production in German with supertitles. Lauréat of the Prix FEDORA - Rolf Liebermann for the Opera 2016 Music direction, Julien Leroy Staging, Nicolas Stemann Musical computing - IRCAM, Thomas Goepfer With Sarah Maria Sun, Olivia Vermeulen, Christina Daletska, Lionel Peintre United Instruments of Lucilin Read more and book
07 July 2017
Before occupying the theater for one month of rehearsal, the Kein Licht team met the team of the Opéra Comique. Then, they will fold the stage sets into containers and head for the Ruhrtriennale in Germany for the world premiere of the production...
22 June 2017
The Opéra Comique is on tour. With nearly ten creations per year, our productions spend more time touring than onstage. By boat or by van, magic is traveling around the globe. The rehearsals of Kein Licht, an opéra comique composed by Philippe...
03 June 2016
“The Opéra Comique is not like other institutions” said Olivier Mantei amid the throbbing of machines and the sound of hammers from the renovation work in the Salle Favart. In the foyer, the only place free of scaffolding, under the painting tha...
An eagerly expected creation already rewarded by an international prize. The work inspired by the Fukushima disaster is the fruit of Philippe Manoury and Nicolas Stemann based on a text by Elfriede Jelinek, the author of The Piano Teacher and Nobel Prize in literature.
Kein Licht (2011/2012/2017)
CREATION - Thinkspiel for actors, instrumentalists and electronic music in real time based on a text by Elfriede Jelinek. Commissioned by the Opéra Comique. World premiere on 25 August 2017 as part of the Ruhrtriennale, Germany.
Lauréat du Prix FEDORA - Rolf Liebermann pour l'Opéra 2016
On 11 March 2011 the eastern coast of Japan is devastated by an earthquake and the resulting tsunami. The cooling systems of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima fall off, the cores of two reactors melt. The implications are gigantic as to the role of nuclear energy policy worldwide.
Committed and moralistic, Nobel Prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek soon wrote Kein Licht, a variation of monologues expressing terror, grief, loss and anger in a highly musical writing. Nicolas Stemann is familiar with her texts which he often stages. Philippe Manoury works on the interaction between acoustics and computing and explores new forms of musical theater.
With Kein Licht, Stemann and Manoury organize a meeting between text theater and theater music composed beforehand or in real time. They offer us a visual and polyphonic reflection, which is also interactive and humorous, on the place of technology in our lives and the place of life in the face of technology.
Production in German with supertitles.
Music direction, Julien Leroy
Staging, Nicolas Stemann
Musical computing - IRCAM, Thomas Goepfer
With Sarah Maria Sun, Olivia Vermeulen, Christina Daletska, Lionel Peintre
United Instruments of Lucilin
Music direction Julien Leroy
Staging Nicolas Stemann
Scenery Katrin Nottrodt
Video Claudia Lehmann
Costumes Marysol del Castillo
Lights Rainer Casper
Musical computing - IRCAM Thomas Goepfer
Sound engineer - IRCAM Julien Aléonard
Dramaturgy Benjamin von Blomberg
Singing coach Christophe Manien
Staging assistant Christèle Ortu
Scenery assistant Emilie Cognard
Traduction Ruth Orthmann
Soprano Sarah Maria Sun
Mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen
Contralto Christina Daletska
Baritone Lionel Peintre
Actors Caroline Peters / Niels Bormann
Dog “Cheeky” (Dog Acting), Karina Laproye
Vocal quatuor Chœur du National Theater in Zagreb
Orchestra United Instruments of Lucilin
Violins André Pons-Valdès, Winnie Huang
Alto Danielle Hennicot
Cello Jean-Philippe Martignoni
Bass Johannes Nied
Flute Sophie Deshayes
Clarinet Marcel Lallemang
Oboe Clémence Ganet
Trompet Philippe Ranallo
Horn Steve Boehm
Piano Pascal Meyer
Percussion Guy Frisch
Production Opéra Comique
Co-production Ruhrtriennale, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Festival Musica de Strasbourg and Opéra National du Rhin, Münchner Kammerspiele, Ircam–Centre Pompidou, United Instruments of Lucilin and 105 individual donors.
Lauréat of the Prix FEDORA - Rolf Liebermann for the Opera 2016
The polyphonic text Kein Licht is a dialogue between characters lost in space and time in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Striving to reconstruct themselves, these characters exchange words of suffering, loss and tragedy, sometimes with much humor. Neither exactly an opera nor a Singspiel, Kein Licht is a “thinkspiel”, that is a play on thought. This musical production aims to make us think about the issues of our time. Theater and music will be created before you and will result from a common and live elaboration as rarely seen previously.
Before the show
- Before the show, come in salle Bizet ! The entrance is free of charge, on the day of the performance
Sing the opéra at 7.15 pm with Christophe Grapperon on the 19, 21 October and Jeanne Dambreville on the 18 and 22 October.
Presentation of the production at 7.30pm with historical and musical descriptions (in french) with Agnès Terrier
- Meet the artists of the production on Saturday 21 October at 4 pm. Free admission upon reservation >
2 hours 15 minutes, without intermission
Doors open Thinkspiel 135 min End of the event
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Kein Licht, a radioactive opera?
As an introduction to the Kein Licht performances, a cycle of scientific mini-lectures, arts & sciences installations and events offered by the EHESS, Université PSL and the CNRS.
The presentation (“avant-spectacle”) offered prior to the opera is a spacetime in which the audience is invited to ask questions driven by their desires and expectations. It is a special moment that enables us to grasp the operatic work we are going to attend through its historical, musical and philosophical backdrop.
Through all the issues it raises, the opera Kein Licht offers to envision another format, mobilizing our scientific and mathematical culture as well as our perception of chance.
Extreme climatic event, nuclear accident, contemporary addiction to technology, rise of populism: the themes addressed by Kein Licht seem explosive at first sight or at least dramatic in the sense of the Classical Greek word drama which means “theatrical) action”. Onstage, the drama of a technology pushed to the extreme whose chain reactions seem to escape man’s control until they develop a form of autonomy. Beyond Philippe Manoury’s previous interrogations over interpretive randomness and real time, the music of Kein Licht questions indeterminacy, the music itself turned into a stochastic process of a type called Markov chain by probabilists, whose random transitions mirror atomic and particulate shocks inside the reactor.
Karine Le Bail
7.15 to 7.25 pm
- Reception of the public and presentation of Kein Licht by dramaturge Agnès Terrier
- Beginning of the tea ceremony
- Presentation of the event “La vie est une vapeur… et puis rien” (Life is a vapor… and then nothing), by physicist-visual artist Dominique Peysson and visual artist Olivier Goulet, invited guests and the theme of his lecture by Karine Le Bail
7.25 to 7.35 pm
- Scientific mini-lectures
18 October: Greg Beller, researcher and musical computing specialist at IRCAM and artistic director of the Synekine company. Research themes: emotions and expressivity, the voice and gesture, and sound creation in the performing arts.
19 October: Olivier Evrard, researcher at the CEA and at the CNRS, specializing in radioactive erosion and pollution of soils in the wake of a nuclear accident such as that of Fukushima.
21 October: Sylvain David, researcher at the CNRS and at the Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’Orsay, specializing in physics of nuclear reactors. Research themes: nuclear energy of the future, physics of the regeneration and transmutation of waste, studies of associated scenarios.
22 October: Philippe Bousquet, professor at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and researcher at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, specializing in the carbon cycle in the Earth’s climate system and in extreme climatic events.
7.35 to 7.55 pm
- “La vie est une vapeur… et puis rien” by Dominique Peysson and Olivier Goulet
- Questions from the public