Mauerschau-VR

MAUERSCHAU 360°

PROJECT DESCRIPTION


"Mauerschau-360" is a demo based on a scene from Hauke Berheide and Amy Stebbins’ award-winning opera Mauerschau (Bavarian State Opera, 2016) reimagined as a 360º virtual reality experience. The German title “Mauerschau” translates into English as “teichoscopia”, a theater technique whereby an actor looks out over the audience and describes what they see “out there”. The Greeks often used teichoscopia to depict murder, war, and other “unstageable” scenes. In Mauerschau, this technique becomes a gateway to explore recent developments in visual technology such as drone warfare and deepfakes, and their impact on our ability to judge what is real and what is not.

 

Similar questions are raised by Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 drama Penthesilea, in particular as a result of the myth’s multiple, conflicting endings. In one version, the Greek warrior Achilles kills the Amazon Queen Penthesilea. In another, she kills him. Using Kleist’s drama in combination with historical texts from Ernst Moritz Arndt to Colin Powell, Mauerschau confronts us with the age-old question: how can we know what we know?

 

This VR experience is not a complete film. It is a fragment, a teaser, a prototype, a preliminary exploration of what opera might bring to virtual reality and vice versa. By deceiving our senses, can we retrain them to spot the gap between reality and illusion? Can the radical isolation of VR make us sensitive to our collective obligations? Can immersive art forms perform enlightenment?

Music

Hauke Berheide

 

Direction / Libretto

Amy Stebbins

 

Camera / Editing

Christian Hill (erzaehlfabrik)

 

Musical Direction

Roland Boer

 

Sound Design

Luke T. Allen

 

Sound Engineer

Heinrich Schläfer (LiMES)

 

Assistant Sound Engineers

Wolfgang Denhoff

Frank Stahmer (LiMES)

 

Costumes

Sonja Schön

 

Makeup

Friederike Wörner

  

featuring . . .

 

Penthesilea (Voice)

Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa

 

Achilles (Voice)

Jasper Leever

 

Penthesilea’s High Shadow (Voice)

Lena-Maria Kramer

 

Penthesilea’s High Shadow (Voice)

Annika Mendrala

 

Achilles’ High Shadow (Voice)

Kristofer Lundin

 

Achilles’ Low Shadow (Voice)

Frederic Jost

 

Penthesilea (Dancer)

Martina Renau

 

Achilles (Dancer)

Márcio Mota

 

The Duisburg Philharmonic

  

made possible with the support of . . . 

 

The Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Stadttheater Duisburg, Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg, NRW Juniorballett, Theater Dortmund, erzaehlfabrik, LiMES

 

special thanks to . . .

 

The musicians and staff of the Duisburg Philharmonic

Guth Autoverwertungs- und Abschlepp GmbH

Michael Eickhoff, Kai Festersen, Rita Hasenfratz, Michael Heister, Philipp Kramer, Marcus Lobbes, Lisa Luke, Veronika Ortmayer, Michael Otto, Lukas Pless, Dina Pohl, Marianne Rickert, Dennis Schoenfelder, Gloria Schulz, Jorge Sermini, Mario Simon, Slava Tütükin, Dr. Alfred Wendel