‘Midnight’ is a performance built on a number of compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: aria for soprano and orchestra “Ah se in ciel, benigne stele”; recitativo and rondeau “Ch`io mi scordi di te... Non temee, amato bene” for soprano, piano obbligato and orchestra; song “Sehnsucht nach dem Fruehling” (“A Longing for Spring”); Piano Concerto No. 27; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor and Piano Fantasia in C minor are among them. But spectators will almost not hear Mozart’s music. How can the music become visible? This is the question the performance attempts to answer, visualizing Mozart‘s music through motion and choreography, experimental sound, video and lighting effects.
‘It is an empirical production that challenges our perception of music, and revives perception of Mozart’s compositions’
Exberliner (SM) N147/2016
Performer and choreographer. She was born 1977 in USA; lives in Paris, France. Lynsey got an MFA in choreography at the Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College (USA). She was an assistant director on ‘Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter’ and ‘The Old Woman’, both productions directed by Robert Wilson. She collaborated with famous Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic. In February 2017 one of their most daring performances was shown on Stockholm: ‘The Cleaner’, re-discovering the aspects of human vulnerability, required more than thirty actors, fifteen singers and forty choruses.
A German theater director, born 1980 in Karlsburg (Germany). He studied architecture and scenographie at Berlin University of the Arts and at Higher National School of Architecture (Paris, France). Tilman is a scholarship student at the Paris Academy of Art. Later, he studied at Watermill Center (international programme for young artists).
During his studies he started working with Achim Freyer as assistant director and collaborator, in 2008 – with Robert Wilson in ‘Faust’ at National Opera (Warsaw), in ‘Freischutz’ at Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), ‘Odyssey’ at the Greek National Opera (Athens), ‘Pushkin’s Tales’ at The Moscow Theatre of Nations. He also worked as Literary Consultant for Wilson’s ‘The Old Woman’, base on texts by Daniil Kharms.
Hecker made his directorial debut in 2009 with the Mozart opera ‘Mandina amabile’ at Berlin’s Radial System V. Other musical credits include Jay Schwartz’s ‘Narcissus and Echo’ for the Salzburg State Theatre and the Musical Festival Madrid (2011), Thomas Arne’s The ‘Masque of Alfred for the Pocket Opera Company’ Nuremberg (2012), John Cage’s ‘Songbooks’ for the Werkstatt of Staatsoper Berlin (2012), Domenico Cimarosa’s ‘The Secret Marriage’ at the Nordhausen Opera (2013). In 2014 he will create an opera on Jean Genet’s Querelle together with the composer Birke Bertelsmeier for the Tischlerei / Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin) and the Watermill Center (New York)
Premiered on 6 March 2016 at RADIALSYSTEM V (Berlin)