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musik für einen Bunker

the crack

music for a bunker

"The crack" takes place in a real space, as intended by the libretto, namely in a bunker that was built in the middle of the Second World War between 1941 and 1944 for guests passing through under the main train station. At the scene of a real event.


The people fled to a bunker. They've been living there for a long time, they laugh, they argue, they eat, they dance, they drink, and when the plane squadrons are approaching outside and the bombs are falling, they're overcome by fear. There is war outside. While people die on the streets, those underground try to maintain a sense of normalcy. But hysteria is in the air, the harmony between people is fragile, small disputes escalate. They all live lives on demand. 

In "Music for a Bunker," a composition with a libretto by Micaela von Marcard, Jelena Dabic incorporates autobiographical narratives. The music for "Riss" captures a counterpoint between different time periods, sounds, worlds, and cultures. It reflects a fusion of styles, blending Sprechgesang with virtuosic coloraturas and even elements of pop-like singing. The raw material draws from folk music, resulting in a truthful and simultaneously grotesque composition.

Director Vendula Nováková's production takes advantage of the unique setting of an underground bunker at the main station. David Schulz's animation adds another dimension to the performance, delving into the eerie hallways, windowless dormitories with bunk beds, the food counter, the washrooms, and the dreary waiting-room-like lounges.

As viewers, we follow the protagonists through their everyday stations within the chaos, becoming immersed in the action while also maintaining a certain observational distance.




Composition, artistic and production management: Jelena Dabić
Libretto and dramaturgy: Micaela von Marcard
Musical director: Aleksandra Łaptaś
Director: Vendula Nováko
Set and Costumes: Nora Husmann
Animation, Design: David Schulz
Electronics: Jacob Sello
Mother – soprano: Pia Salome Bohnert
Neighbour – mezzo-soprano: Vera Alkemade
Journalist – alt: Pauline Jacob
Smuggler – tenor: Masanori Hatsuse
Grandfather- baritones: Felix Heuser
Son – baritones: Immanuel Klein
Violin: Maurice Pascal Mustatea
Saxophone: Vlatko Kučan
Percussion: Lin Chen
Double bass: Tair Turganov
Technical realization: University of Applied Sciences
Techical management: René Reile, Svenja Bestek 
Team: Daniel Tekieli, Simon Sheiger, Jan Petersen, Adrian Limmroth, Swaantje Hoffmann, Frederik Gutbrod, Hanna Handford, Max Kuhlmann, Dennis Brauer, Alexander Grill, Leonie Krüger, Malwine Mangold-Volk, Fenja Höbling
der riss bilder


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