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“SIRIUS” Karlhainz Stockhausen

After my first encounter with modern opera, I got truly obsessed with it. And as every obsession it should be pushed to an extremeness, so it can get cured afterwards. That was one of the main reasons why I have chosen as a research topic for my bachelor thesis an opera from the father of electronic music Stockhausen, called “Sirius”. To a certain stance, this project represented the climax of my thoughts on spiritualism in trial with materialization.

Karlheinz had been a person spending lots of time on his own thoughts, but unconditional faith rather than just an idea, was what brought the music to the development we know nowadays. A great influence on my decision making process was an observation of his works, where he combines science with ritualistic and esoteric elements. That was the pillar from which I developed the scenography for “Sirius”.

We can find rationality in rituals. The work is an attempt to represent the Ancient Greek Tragedy combined with contemporary considerations, which appear to be controversial with the classic theatrical assumption. So in this project I build a theater construction myself (at least imaginary). One of the biggest visual and architectural inspirations on the way was the Total Theater by Walter Gropius.

The arena is constructed in the shape of pyramidal octagon on three levels, with a big circular space arena in between. The first level, which goes underground, is a direct reference to the ancient Greek theaters. All parts of the highest level are entirely made out of transparent surface, even the floor, which creates a double exposure vision of the space, because of the constant projections on the main facade coming out of the cameras. Thus, the audience can freely choose their own position and angle from which they would like to see the show. And still, they are only observers. The work is following the narrative from the myth about Izida.

The conceptual skeleton is based on ideas from the dark century’s mystery and Dionysia – large festival in ancient Greece.
The Costume Design decision is a response to the neon tube skeleton construction – the style is urban, combined with masks of Egyptian gods.

Dancers are wearing over-all costumes with electronic parts in the fabric, which are lightening in neon colors to focus on the movement.


May 10, 2018