What happens when two people meet again after a long time? Half her life, Penelope waits for Ulysses to return, making longing her purpose in life, before Ulysses reappears after decades of war and errantry. But what has remained of the former intimacy? Is homecoming after the experiences still possible at all? And what does home mean for each individual? The music theatre “RETURNING HOME”, directed by Ludger Engels, explores these questions based on Claudio Monteverdi’s opera “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” (1640), mirrored by Korean “Gagok” songs that were composed almost at the same time.
The musical forms of expression, which at first glance seem so different and which deal in different ways with motifs of native land, foreign land and longing, meet in the musical and spatial dialogue of two ensembles, superimpose one another and coalesce. The protagonists move through newly emerging places of encounter, with themselves and the other – the one who is deviating from the familiar.
Penelope: Anna Radziejewska
Ulisse: Eungkwang Lee
Gagok singer: Minhee Park
With: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
Percussion: Woong Sik Kim
Haegeum: Jieun Kang
Geomungo: Joonyoung Kim
Daegeum: Hong Yoo
Friday, 25th January 2019 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Saturday, 26th January 2019 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Sunday, 27th January 2019 | Doors 17:00 CET | Starts 18:00 CET
Radialsystem | Holzmarktstraße 33 | 10243 Berlin
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