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White Limozeen

as part of Impulse Theater Festival 2019
Johannes Müller / Philine Rinnert
Botschaft, Worringer Platz 4
Duration: ca 60 min. / German and English with translation into English and German
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Special on 14.06. after the performance:
Audience discussion with the artists in German. Chaired by: Dr. Christian Esch, musicologist and Director of the NRW KULTURsekretariat

‘Madama Butterfly’ received its world premiere in 1904 at La Scala, Milan. The piece tells the story of a young Japanese geisha who is married off to an American officer at the turn of the century. Soon after the wedding, he leaves her behind in Japan. Butterfly waits three years for him to return while being consumed with love for him. When he returns with his new American wife to take their son back to America with him, Butterfly takes her own life.


WHITE LIMOZEEN presents photos and film recordings of historical productions of the opera while the two performers reproduce Butterfly’s poses and perform Puccini’s arias. Here it becomes clear how much the performance tradition is dominated by clichés that turn the faraway into the foreign. This examination of ‘Madama Butterfly’ is a consistent theme in the production and the starting point for excursions into the history of classical music and the everyday routines of contemporary opera. The long tradition of black artists appearing on the world’s great stages meets their disappearance from the consciousness of opera history and the current fashion for “colour-blind” casting meets the performers’ experiences of racism. An evening of music theatre that analyses its genre unsparingly without any form of denunciation.

Concept and research: Johannes Müller, Philine Rinnert. Director: Johannes Müller. Design: Philine Rinnert. With: Sarai Cole (Soprano), Sabrina Ma (Percussion). Produced by BAM! — Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater. BAM! is an intiative of ZMB – Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin e.V., made possible by funding from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Schering Stiftung and the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.

Johannes Müller studierte Musiktheaterregie an der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin. Philine Rinnert studierte Bühnenbild an der Universität der Künste Berlin. Seit 2009 entwickeln sie gemeinsam Musiktheaterhybride, die die Vergangenheit der Oper, ihre Wirkung und Techniken ins Visier nehmen und gleichzeitig eine Archäologie der Gegenwart sind, von Entertainment und Queer Culture. Die Projekte verbinden klassische Musik mit aktuellen Diskursen und archäologischen bzw. popkulturellen Artefakten. Zu ihren Arbeiten zählen „Operation Spirituelle“ (2013), „Herculaneum“ (2014), „Reading Salomé“ (2015/16, Jurypreis des Favoriten-Festivals), „Mean Greene Mother from outer space“ (2017) und „AIDS Follies“ (2018, in Kollaboration mit dem Komponisten Genoël von Lilienstern).