Accordion and voice: Stefanie Mirwald
Recorder and voice: Sylvia Hinz
Voice and Drum: Rupert Enticknap
Artistic Direction: K.A.U.&Wdowik (Philipp Bergmann, Thea Reifler, Matthias Schoenijahn, Małgorzata Wdowik)
Composition: Wojtek Blecharz
Cinematography: Dino Osmanovic
Light&Sound: Jones Seitz
Camera Assistant: Benjamin Schmid
Production Management: Theresa Willeke, Silvia Dudek
A production by: K.A.U.&Wdowik/Blecharz
In coproduction with: Statetheatre Darmstadt, European Centre of the Arts Hellerau Dresden, Nowy Teatr Warsaw, studiobühneköln, SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin.
The opera installation FIASKO was preceded by a three-year-long development of the film-opera FIASKO, an opera with a road movie as a libretto. Lead by a continuing mood of crisis in the European Union, directing team K.A.U.&Wdowik, composer Wojtek Blecharz and cinematographer Dino Osmanovic traveled from Germany via Poland and crossed the border of the European Community to Kaliningrad.
The journey leads through the Harz Mountains, Lusatia, Bydgoszcz, Domachowa in Pomerania and Kashubia. On the route, communities accompany the journey of FIASKO: Biskupiański Zespoł Folklorystyczny z Domachowa i Okolic, Die Fröhlichen Harzgebirgler, the Jadgdhornbläser der Jägerschaft Peitz, Kapela Dudziarska „Manugi“, the Wolfshäger Hexenbrut, Zespoł Pieśni i Tańca Ziemia Bydgoska, Ludwik Choszcz, Kazimierz Gruenholz, Jacek Kitowski, Tadeusz Makowski. They are individuals and groups who cherish their centuries-old traditions and try to carry them into an uncertain future.
The topic of catastrophe as a main subject of opera served as a lingering narrative for the images produced on the journey. Wojtek Blecharz' compositions establish a dialogue between traditional music and fragments of the operatic repertoire without hierarchizing the musical material. A choir with forty and an orchestra with 60 members conducted by Johannes Harneit were involved in the original performance of the film-opera FIASKO.
In the opera installation FIASKO, visitors enter a space based on the metaphor of the loss of the voice. It begins with an overture, consisting of musical fragments of the film-opera and showing pictures of the journey. The freely accessible setting combines the remains of the film-opera FIASKO, the cinematic images and original sounds, with a score for accordion, flute and voice to create an experience about the danger of loss, but also about its poetic power.