Lydia Lunch is a singer, poet, actor, activist – and icon of New York’s no-wave scene. Her album “My Lover the Killer” depicts in musical form the unsettling experience of a reunion-that-never-was with a former lover. The pair’s relationship had been a destructive one, increasingly dominated by drugs and lived on the brink of the abyss.
Extricating herself had been hard for Lydia Lunch and when she felt the urge, years later, to meet up with him again, he chose to kill his partner and then himself – a few hours before the planned meeting. The staged dramatization of “My Lover the Killer”, performed in Germany for the first time, is linked to elements from Georges Bizet’s CARMEN, the 19th-century opera that, like few other dramatic works before or after it, is a fascinating beacon to, and passionate reflection on, the recurring abyss of Eros.
Five operas and their doubles: five opera premieres on the main stage are each given the AMBUSHED FROM BEHIND treatment in the Tischlerei, taken apart, examined, discussed, pimped and put back together in revamped form. The result is a series of evenings that tread a line between musical theatre and concert, performance and installation. Artists of the Deutsche Oper Berlin ensemble come together with guest artists hailing from their own corner of the creative firmament.
These ‘outsiders’ bring their own perspectives and responses to the respective opera, helping to generate a new opus within the framework of the old. Guest artists include Einstürzende Neubauten percussionist N.U. Unruh, New Yorker no-wave icon Lydia Lunch, Amnesia Scanner, the rapper and lyricist Black Cracker and directors Julia Lwowski and Franziska Kronfoth with their sensuous, anarchic opera mash-ups. Artistic director of the Ambushed format is the director, composer and musician Alexandra Holtsch.
Aus dem Hinterhalt: Carmen w/Lydia Lunch LIVE
Saturday, 17th February 2018 | Doors 20:00 CET | Starts 21:00 CET
Bismarckstraße 35 | 10627 | Berlin