Coproduced with the Münchner Biennale
Opera by Aureliano Cattaneo
Edoardo Sanguineti’s libretto is a convoluted compilation of earlier poems reinvented in the form of its labyrinthine subject. King Minos discusses his labyrinth with his queen Pasiphaë and with its architect, Daedalus. The Minotaur meets a male and a female sacrificial victim. Theseus kills the Minotaur. Each encounter is told and retold on successive levels, laden with innuendo, dream and reality intertwined. La philosophie dans le labyrinthe is scored for virtuoso chamber ensemble, a quartet of singers and three dancers. The music is full of whispered secrets and dizzying spirals, gossamer effects and sybaritic surprises. Cattaneo has an assured sense of architecture, a feel for dramatic pace, fine aesthetic sensibilities and plenty to say.
A moment of bare being, without beginning or end. Dancing, singing, whispering. Nothing is, what it seems to be. Everything seems to be, what it isn’t.
“è un controsenso, mia cara: ma non è un problema…”
“It is a contradiction, my Dearest, but not a problem…!)
Gasteig, Munich and Museumsquartier, Vienna, Hall E
Münchener Biennale 2006
Austrian First Night
2007 Out of Control
Michael Leibundgut, Nicola Mascia, Alda Caiello, Yael Schnell, Mark Hamman, Matan Zamir, Charles Maxwell, Katia Guedes