by James Glazebrook
We’re prone to hyperbole, especially when it comes to Berlin, but Kiez Oper is definitely one of the best things we’ve ever experienced. Aiming to “bring opera into the 21st Century”, the far-from-traditional company performs up-close, in unexpected venues, most recently in Stadtbad Wedding.
As we sat down on the sloped floor of the disused swimming pool, we had no idea what to expect – until a cast member embedded among us suggested we pick up our coats, lest they get trampled on. Sure enough, singers walked through the crowd to get to the makeshift stage formed by the pool’s deep end, to perform a disturbing narrative with the theme “Insanity”, woven together from the compositions of Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Britten and more. Compelling performances combined with state-of-the-art sound design and projected visuals created an immersive experience that we’ll never see repeated.
For your chance to catch the company in action, stay tuned to the Kiez Oper Facebook Page for updates.