Debuted at the Israeli Opera September 14, 2017 as part of the Revolution Series, Season 2017/18
Tbilisi international festival of theatre
The work is based on conductor Roy Oppenheim’s doctoral thesis in philosophy, in collaboration with director & playwright Ido Riklin. The show examines the relationship between creator and narrator through the expedition of a conductor who creates colorful, ever-changing and magical musical-visual worlds in which he tries to find his place.
Alongside the creator-conductor is the narrator (actor & singer Ran Danker) who, like the creator , is trying to find his way into the worlds that were created on the stage. The narrator gets carried away and dares to intervene, until he chases the conductor away and takes his place in front of the orchestra. What began as a “narrated concert” turns into a horror show. The narrator sweeps the orchestra and the audience into a roller-coaster ride that is entirely devoted to his rampaging “ego”. He tyrannizes the orchestra, flirts with the audience, sings, plays music and plays games, takes over the stage, the hall, and the world. A moment before everything is ruined the conductor manages to stop the rogue narrator. When he leaves ego behind, the flood of words ceases, and one can surrender to the work, to be in the moment, if only for a moment, within the music composed by Zohar Sharon.
There is a central theme in the show of entry into “worlds” that are moods, moments of “musical meditation”, leaving the world of language, thoughts, stories a person tells himself, and entering a different sense of time, of a kind that can’t be, and needn’t be, contained in words or stories. The show’s creators chose to intensify the entry into the musical “worlds” through the integration of a soloist from the orchestra into a world that has a totally different visual character than what we’re used to, created by the video-art artist Yoav Cohen.
Original play: Roy Oppenheim and Ido Riklin Composer: Zohar Sharon Video-art: Yoav Cohen