KATHARINA

by Mathis Nitschke

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Worthless. Placeless. Katharina has lost everything: the lover, the job, the apartment. In her fight against oblivion she develops extreme, hateful energies. The bustle on Münchner Freiheit serves as a stage for a fictional character who is about to exceed the normative limits of social behavior once and for all.

A travel agency – a place of longing for faraway places – is transformed through this music-theatrical performance into a zone with a sharp focus on the here and now. Using headphones the audience slips into Katharina’s head and occupies the aural perspective of the protagonist outside of the square. At the same time, as an object in the shop window, the audience members become part of the installation themselves.

Musically, KATHARINA takes aspects from Henry Purcell’s opera ‘Dido & Aeneas’ and remixes them with elements from Drum’n’Bass and a harpsichord which always accompanies the development of the character: instead of dying of a broken heart like Purcell’s Dido, Katharina is transformed here into a fury.

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released December 21, 2018
opera installation in public space by Mathis Nitschke
Libretto: Thomas Jonigk, Performer: Martina Koppelstetter,
Harpsichord: Goska Isphording

September 14-17, 2016 (10 performances) @ DER Reisebüro, Münchner Freiheit 6

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Mathis Nitschke Munich, Germany

Mathis Nitschke is an artist who combines different disciplines. Already during his studies of classical guitar, visual arts and music composition, Mathis began to experiment with film and sound and since then has combined these elements with live theatre and opera.
His music compositions and productions are often grounded in acoustic performances, yet he likes going experimental.
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