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PHILIP GLASS: IN THE PENAL COLONY

PHILIP GLASS: IN THE PENAL COLONY

26 Jan 2025, 20:00
Munich Kammerspiele, Theater

PHILIP GLASS (*1937)

In the Penal Colony (2000)
Chamber opera based on the short story
"In the Penal Colony" by Franz Kafka

Daniel Grossmann, musical director

Martin Valdés-Stauber, scenic design
Isabel Barnes, costumes
Vitor Bispo, Officer
Liam Bonthrone, visitor
Carolina de la Maza, dance


The composer Philip Glass is known for the magnetic effect of his music; the JCOM brings his dark chamber opera In the Penal Colony to the stage of the Munich Kammerspiele with two young singers from the opera studio of the Bavarian State Opera .

JEWISH
"What do I have in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself." - Franz Kafka is one of the world's most famous Jewish artists, but his relationship with Judaism was complicated throughout his life. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, the JCOM is bringing Philip Glass' chamber opera based on Kafka's famous story In the Penal Colony to the stage, which is about a debate about a new method of execution in which the unsuspecting convicts are made to experience their crime first hand until they die.

TODAY
In the Penal Colony was written in 1914 as a reaction to a world in which violence and crimes against humanity had become frighteningly commonplace - a topic that is as relevant today as it was then. Glass's musical setting from 2000 underlines the timelessness of the play about the limits of justice and human possibility.

FOR ALL
The production by director Martin Valdés-Stauber leaves plenty of space for the actors and the text: in an almost empty room, he translates Philip Glass's 'Minimal Music' into exemplary movements and gestures. The audience's imagination is called upon.

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