Saturday, 9.2.19, 20:00
Kammer 1, Münchner Kammerspiele

200 Years of Jacques Offenbach
Operetta 4.0


Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Oyayaye, ou La Reine des Îles (1855)
Musical cannibalism in one act
RECONSTRUCTION Jean-Christophe Keck
LIBRETTO  Jules Moineaux

OYAYAYE Laura Nicorescu
RACLE-À-MORT Joshua Owen Mills

Pomme d’api (1873)
Opérette in one act
LIBRETTO Ludovic Halévy and William Busnach

RABASTENS Andrea Borghini
GUSTAVE Joshua Owen Mills
CATHERINE Laura Nicorescu

VIDEO Dennis Metaxas
Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich
CONDUCTOR Daniel Grossmann

Jacques Offenbach, the inventor of the operetta, would have been 200 years old in 2019. Born as the son of a famous Jewish cantor in Cologne, he conquered the Paris audience after initial difficulties. With two absolute rarities and rediscoveries, the one-acters Oyayaye, ou La Reine des Îles and Pomme d’Api, the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich, in cooperation with the Munich Kammerspiele, brings the wild pioneering and experimental phase of the operetta and its creator back to life!

A cannibalistic savage, uttering incomprehensible sounds; a young woman, which is named “Small Red Apple” – best satirical entertainment about 150 years ago, but a daring question about presentability on stage for theatre nowadays. Dennis Metaxas, Assistant Director at Münchner Kammerspiele, creates a video comment: a visual powerful Delirium Tremens, a filmic horrortrip about colonialism, racism, gender and not least about our living room. Operetta 4.0!

Oyayaye, ou La Reine des Îles (1855)
The double bass virtuoso Racle-à-mort of the Paris Théâtre de l’Ambigu-Comique snoozes through a solo and is fired – which surprisingly does not lead to social decline but is the beginning of an exotic and grotesque trip. After a ship’s voyage with his instrument, Racle-à-mort is stranded on a South Seas island, where he is threatened by the natives.  They want to make soup out of him if he cannot entertain them. As Oyayaye, the queen of the cannibals, enters with her entourage, he starts to improvise …

Pomme d’api (1873)
The pensioner Rabastens is a bachelor by principle and does not believe in life-long faithfulness.  His nephew Gustave is the exact opposite: seriously in love for a long time with his Pomme d’api (Little Red Apple), as he names his lover, but financially dependent on his uncle. A situation with a rich potential for conflict, which explodes when the uncle stops the flow of money and casts an eye on the young lady …

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