Saturday, 24. November 2018, 16:00
Das Totenschiff, Gernot Heinrich © sirene
Oskar Aichinger’s new opera takes us into capitalism’s danger zone: In »Totenschiff« (»The Death Ship«) a novel by B. Traven, money and law are in collusion. If someone has no money, they have no recourse to the law. And if someone doesn’t have the law on their side, they have no rights and end up at the mercy of money. Gale, the hero of »The Death Ship«, unexpectedly finds himself, after losing his papers, on the side of those who with no rights. Without any papers, and no residence permit from his employer, he is forced to leave the country and take to the seas. But there he must work on so-called death ships, floating hells like the Yorikke, which transport contraband goods such as weapons through the legal vacuum of the oceans and -- as in the novel the Empress of Madagascar or in real life the Lucona – are only useful as as insurance claim when they sink.
»He is a man who has seen through social constructs. He is bitter and hard when he hits out. Everything that he writes is true: his critique of civilisation, the mockery, the blows – everything.« (Kurt Tucholsky on B. Traven)
Bernhard Auer / Plan B Artwork Productions,
Das Totenschiff. Kammeroper in zwei Akten nach B. Traven (Libretto: Kristine Tornquist) (2018) UA
Produktion sirene Operntheater in Kooperation mit Wien Modern