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Affordable housing, farewell?

We had a dream, it was small and modest, we thought… It was about affordable rents and the right to live. That dream seemed at least within reach in 2020, the year Felix Krakau and Yuval Halpern’s real estate infotainment OPERA FOR SALE premiered: “As of February 2020, rents for about 1.5 million […] apartments were frozen at June 2019 levels. Rents that were more than 20 percent above the ceilings [were] prohibited by law.” (Berliner Morgenpost, 16.4.21) Now the rent cap has been overturned by the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, tenants* face great uncertainties – and we all face the next round in the concrete gold monopoly.
Learn more about real estate speculation and the struggle for decent housing in our web series Opera for Sale and on the Angel Dust Company site.

PS: Hope dies last. Because, Sebastian Scheel, Senator for Urban Development and Housing is not giving up: “In the Senate we […] will discuss the consequences of the ruling. The Senate [feels] obliged to develop socially acceptable solutions for tenants.” (Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing)


written by Änne-Marthe Kühn (dramaturgy)

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We say YES YES YES YES YES! The Dean is back

It was the year 2020, when we were about to roll out a purple carpet for the “Elvis of the GDR” for his new last show. Then came the first wave – then it was time to break off, pack props and hope, don’t give up!

On September 3rd, the time had come: Our show of IRON CURTAIN MAN actually went over the stage with a real audience, dancing and stormy applause. Then came the second wave… ok, we know, don’t give up, and don’t get anxious before the third. So: sheet music out, set rehearsals and start undeterred, “on sight”: on April 17, 2021 we would be back live and fully analog at the start and sing again “We say yes yes yes yes!”. The third wave came after all – for this the new online show was born, in which the audience can help answer the big question from home: Who will be The Dean of Germany?

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written by Bernhard Glocksin

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MOON MUSIC – looking back on new beginnings

Three months, three pieces – with the three-part music theater series MOON MUSIC, the Neuköllner Oper has started the year 2021. While culture has been at a standstill in the analog space since November and will presumably remain at a standstill in the coming months, we have set everything in motion to ensure that music and theater can continue to take place.

Within a very short time, a digital format was developed from the planned music theater performances directed by Selina Thüring, which was able to touch us, the musicians of the STEGREIF.orchester and last but not least a digital audience of almost 600 people in real terms.

For the journey that we would have liked to take together outside, we were now able to bring into the living rooms and thus, as it were, into the very close privacy of the viewers. A journey that still has to take place every day on the inside, in order to better perceive and protect that which surrounds us.

The path therefore took leave of the noise and air of the city and transformed the protagonists*, who were able to set out with strength and courage in search of a new beginning in one of the last free green spaces in the city: the New St. Jacobi Cemetery and the Kiez Chapel. Here – right next to the vibrant Tempelhofes Feld – death and life lie very close together.

But both places have been rededicated to their original purpose for a few years now. The former funeral chapel has become a place for living culture. And the cemetery, through the Princess Garden Collective, has become a place for independent care and, not least, for communal exchange in planting herbs, vegetables and fruit.

And so the hope in the narrative of the multimedia music theater experiment MOON MUSIC ties in with very real processes of change in society – combined with the hope of an imminent reawakening of a living cultural landscape.

Because one thing is certain: our next music-theatrical excursion to the Princess Gardens will take place live and in the flesh with you! More about that after the cultural-political beginning of spring!


A contribution by Änne-Marthe Kühn (dramaturgy)

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Urban Stories – Easter Exchange: Everyone from 14 years can sign up now!

The Easter vacations are just around the corner, but with vacation it will probably rather nothing. Nevertheless, we want to get out of our own four walls and into the city! The Neukölln Opera is organizing the URBAN STORIES – Easter Exchange for everyone aged 14 and over and is on the lookout for stories from the neighborhood.


In four workshops on acting, music, dance and text, we use the streets of Neukölln as a stage. We roam through the urban space that surrounds us and rethink it, turn it upside down, turn it once around its axis. Between bridal fashions and arcades we let ourselves be inspired – we develop choreos, search for words, find sounds, create scenes. Questions could be: Who are the people from the neighborhood and which characters can be invented, which stories can be told? What words are hurled at us, what is written on the signs or the walls – and what could emerge from them? A Späti poem, an ode to the arcades, or a dialogue between two pigeons? What choreographies do we discover on the streets and how can we invent new ones? How would we like to move in public, but have never dared? Can we make music from the sounds of the environment? We work with sounds, instruments, beats and vocals to find the sound of Neukölln! First we work separately in the small groups of the different disciplines and at the end we mix everything together to a common performance in the urban space. This way a tour of the arts through Neukölln will be created in record time! Sign up, food and drinks will be provided!

Registration with name, date of birth, address and cell phone number
until 28.3.21 at the latest to the project leader Franziska Korte at:
jung@neukoellneroper.de


written by Felix Krakau 

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The Neuköllner Oper supports the Globale Climate Strike on 19 March 2021

In only 6 years we will have missed the climate target of 1.5°C global warming… But no reason to bury our heads in the already demonstrably rising sea level – we can still act, and we can act NOW…

If you want to test for yourself how much CO2 is produced in private households and what can be saved, you can find the CO2 quick check of the Federal Environment Agency here. Who wants to test still further, finds more information with the BUND.
And if you want to start saving the world yourself today, you can start right away with measures that cannot be repeated often enough:
– Vegetable, regional, seasonal nutrition
– Cycling instead of driving
– Fewer flights

And because we don’t want to just talk smart, we have started to draw up our first internal climate balance sheet and to check all production processes for their sustainability. We are looking forward to the results – more soon here.

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Berliner Opernpreis winner on Fedora-Shortlist

Do you still remember the electro-acoustic satire of the EU knight on odyssey through the EU’s control centers? Go, ÆNEAS, go! by Spin Off Collective won the Berliner Opernpreis in 2014. Composer Raquel García-Tomás was part of the award-winning collective at the time, and her works are now performed in opera houses, concert halls and theaters from Luxembourg to Argentina.

Now the versatile composer and video artist has been nominated for the European Fedora Award with her commissioned composition Alexina B. … and is happy about your support: Here you can vote for her piece, which is expected to premiere at the Gran Teatre del Liceu/Barcelona in 2022/23. We keep our fingers crossed!

Everything about the upcoming Berlin Opera Prize in summer 2021 can be found here.

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The moon in the eye (of the beholder)

With the series MOON MUSIC, together with the STEGREIF.orchester and the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Berlin, a three-part music-theater-film-experiment started, which touched 200 people in the first part, even though each*one was in very different places. Our musical metamorphosis is about the fantastic goal to save an old king in times of cold, insecurities and distance …
(or maybe not), to find spring again and finally to dare a new beginning. But before this “new start” can then take place in March in the third part, the preparations must first be made – as in real life:

MOON MUSIC 1 – Farewell: The people behind the computer screens let go of their worries and troubles and handed them over to us. In the second part we will now de-care them….

MOON MUSIC 2 – Transformation: While in the times of the C. the previous theater making is almost impossible, it does not let us go. In the current times, new rules apply in all areas of life and so it is time to rethink the rules for creating musical theater as well. We are currently working on a new music theater-concert-interaction hybrid. And we are looking forward to shooting some crazy scenes with our “STEGREIF.band” in the streets of Neukölln for two days at the beginning of February.

The four-piece ensemble (consisting of singer Marine Madelin the STEGREIF musicians Konstantin Döben (trumpet), Bertram Burkert (guitar), Antonio Rivero (percussion)) has taken it upon itself to carry the burdens of the first group up the mountain and deliver them to the holy place between death and life on Hermannstraße.

For the again interactive digital concert will then take place on February 10 and 12 in the Kiezkapelle at the New St. Jacobi Cemetery near the Prinzessinnengärten.

And again we will ask questions to the audience – this time about transformation, because only together we can take this journey. And only if each individual – whether musician or audience member – is ready for change, can a greater change be achieved socially, ecologically, politically.

MOON MUSIC 3 – New Beginning: In March we will rehearse a change with spring and for a new time.


A contribution by Änne-Marthe Kühn (dramaturgy)

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New year, new luck!

While the pandemic does not allow for theatrical performances for good reasons, we still want to make good use of the time to be able to meet or stay in touch with you in other ways: We are working on transforming our productions into partly digital, partly hopefully surprising live formats. More about this soon!

 

 

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Christmas-Jam with the Trickster Orchestra and others

To conclude the series “Beethoven Backstage”, members of the cast of “The Man Who Called Himself Beethoven” wanted to meet for the last time this year for a live session. With the founders of Trickster Orchestra Ketan Bhatti & Cymin Samawatie, who, along with pianist Niko Meinhold, composed the music of our Beethoven-production, and the Sheng-virtuoso Wu Wei.

In the spirit of “The Man Who Called Himself Beethoven” and his credo for a fairer society, we wanted to invite you to think outside the box…

… and donate to an initiative of your choice: For example, for more environmental and animal protection, climate protection, for humanity at Europe’s borders or for the indispensable work of the Berliner Stadtmission.

The jam can’t take place due to the pandemic situation. We wish you a healthy and empathetic Xmas !

 

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SAVE THE LAST KIEZ im Zauberkönig

Itching powder empty? Poop cushion broken? And you haven’t been enchanted for a long time? High time for a visit to the Zauberkönig at Schillerkiez! Together with Maya Alban-Zapata, Cymin Samawatie, Milian Vogel and Wu Wei (Trickster Orchestra/DER MAN DER SICH BEETHOVEN NANTE) we were on site shortly before the November lockdown and talked to the operators – about corona, board shacks and burst magic theater dreams.

Performers: Maya Alban-Zapata, Cymin Samawatie, Milian Vogel, Wu Wei
Interview: Karen German and Kirsi Hinze (Owners Zauberkönig)

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Find all information on the project Save the last Kiez here

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