Florentina Holzinger, Marit Strindlund
Sancta (Working title)
Opera
Prices EUR 90 / 65 / 55 / 45 / 35 / 20
Language German with English surtitles
Dates
10 June
Monday
Time 7.30pm
 
11 June
Tuesday
Time 7.30pm
 
13 June
Thursday
Time 7.30pm
 
14 June
Friday
Time 7.30pm
 
15 June
Saturday
Time 7.30pm
 
10 June
Monday
Time 7.30pm
 
11 June
Tuesday
Time 7.30pm
 
13 June
Thursday
Time 7.30pm
 
14 June
Friday
Time 7.30pm
 
15 June
Saturday
Time 7.30pm
 
© Mayra Wallraff

On stage: a bell that weighs two tons, a skateboard halfpipe and a waterfall. The Austrian performance artist Florentina Holzinger demolishes stage genres and visual habits. Setting out from Paul Hindemith’s one-act opera Sancta Susanna (premiered in 1922), she joins forces with an all-female ensemble of opera singers, sex workers and body modification artists to investigate the way female identities and bodies are trimmed in religious systems and rites. The drama about a nun’s lust and sexuality is intertwined with new compositions by Johanna Doderer, Born in Flamez and Stefan Schneider as well as with religious works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff and others. It is a musical and performative reflection on bodies and sexuality that evolves into a celebration of a feminist mass together with the audience.

Artistic Team

Direction, Choreography, Performance Florentina Holzinger Performance by and with Florentina Holzinger, Renée Copraij, Xana Novais, Annina Machaz, Netti Nyganen, Sophie Duncan, Fibi Eyewalker, Luz de Luna Dura, Born in Flamez and with Andrea Baker (Klementia), Emma Rothmann (elder nun), Cornelia Zink (Susanna) Choir Female members of the opera choir of Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Orchestra Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin Musical Direction Marit Strindlund Composition act 1 Paul Hindemith, Sancta Susanna Op. 21 Composition, Arrangement Johanna Doderer Composition, Live music Born in Flamez, Stefan Schneider Live music Lane Shi AKA Otay Onij, Blathin Eckhardt Dramaturgy Renée Copraij, Judith Lebiez, Sarah Ostertag, Philipp Amelungsen, Miron Hakenbeck, Felix Ritter Direction assistance Xavier Perez Stage, Costume Nikola Knežević Technical direction Stephan Werner Stunt Coordination Gravity Stunts Light design Anne Meeussen, Max Kraußmüller Video design Maya Cule Sound Technician Olivia Oyama Technical assistance Dörte Wilforth, Jan Havers, Emma Juliard Stage assistance Christiane Hilmer, Christina Hennings Production management Sarah Parolin, Katharina Wallisch, Giulia Messia Tour management Moira L Sunter Garee Management, Distribution neon lobster / Giulia Messia & Katharina Wallisch

Premiere 30 May 2024 Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater (Schwerin)

Production

Production Florentina Holzinger/Spirit, neon lobster, Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater (Schwerin), Staatsoper Stuttgart Coproduction Wiener Festwochen, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin)

The Production is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Municipal Department for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna. With support of the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Section IV – Arts and Culture.

Past projects

Wiener Festwochen 2021 Festzug

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