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  • Scenatet presents
  • Interludium
  • by Jeppe Ernst
  • Passage Festival
  • August 6, 2023

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Lohengrin

Lohengrin

Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lohengrin is an enigmatic work: the opera, based on a text by the French symbolist Jules Lafourge, is often seen as a parody of Wagner’s grand, romantic opera of the same name, but Sciarrino’s work, however, is not simply a comic and ironic commentary of Wagner’s larger than life aesthetic. Rather, Sciarrino continues what Lafourge had already begun, which is to write the unconscious into the story and thus turn the characters into desiring subjects. Sciarrino’s Lohengrin is, like Wagner’s, a tragedy, but for Sciarrino, the tragic is an unstable and ambivalent concept that is constantly forced into dialogue with the grotesque and the ridiculous.

In a cross-aesthetic live installation, Scenatet challenges and reinterprets Sciarrino’s opera. The existing structure of the score is broken down and recomposed in a unique interaction with space, sound, light, video, body, and voice. The audience is invited to enter a world of sound that moves from speaker to speaker in a musical exploration of ‘the other’: ‘the other’ as something both threatening and alluring, ‘the other’ as something we don’t understand and which we can either choose to reject or allow to expand our horizons. This is precisely the true tragedy in Sciarrino’s opera: our inability to partake in a mutual relationship with ‘the other’ as someone inherently different from us. In this way, Lohengrin is a silent invitation to open our mind in the encounter with ‘the other’.

Premiere 2024.

Supported by

The Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, 15. Juni Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fonds, Sonning Fonden and William Demant Fonden.