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The Present Saves the World: Cry me a River

Tears, Training & TriumpH: musical performative reactions on the climate crisis

CRY ME A RIVER is all about saying goodbye to traditional behaviors and cherished comforts. Saying goodbye also means mourning, and that needs to be celebrated. Consequently, this evening will also take place in a former cemetery chapel. The Kiez-Kapelle on the grounds of the Prinzessinnengärten – the place between cemetery and urban agriculture right next to the Hermannstraße subway station – will be transformed into an undulating landscape full of whimsical objects, spatial installations and water rituals. 
Thoughtfully, yet with a lot of humor, THE PRESENT examines our present and develops a musical-theatrical evening of devotion between mockumentary, the cleansing of body, flooring and soul, early baroque choral music, Brahms’ Requiem and Justin Timberlake.

Foto: © Thomas Koy

The three ladies and two gentlemen of the solo vocal ensemble THE PRESENT have taken on a lot: In three parts from April to July, they invite you to save the world for a change – in places that are inextricably linked to Berlin’s transformation and a new understanding of nature and the city. Working collectively with director and writer Therese Schmidt and set designer Hsuan Huang, they have created three musical evenings that confront the climate crisis with complete hubris and a twinkle in their eyes – whether those eyes are laughing or crying, only you can decide.

LOCATION
Kiezkapelle
Hermannstraße 102
12051 Berlin

WITH
Florian Hille, Will Frost, Hanna Herfurtner, Amélie Saadia, Olivia Stahn

CONCEPT
Hanna Herfurtner, Hsuan Huang, Amélie Saadia, Therese Schmidt, Olivia Stahn

ARRANGEMENTS
Amélie Saadia

DIRECTION
Therese Schmidt

SET DESIGN
Hsuan Huang

DRAMATURGY
Änne-Marthe Kühn

A production of Neuköllner Oper in cooperation with

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THE PRESENT SAVES THE WORLD – OTHER SHOWS

WORK, BITCH!
29 April – 1 May 2022, Floating University

At the beginning of April, at the start of the series THE PRESENT SAVES THE WORLD was mourned in the Kiezkapelle, now follows the training in the FLOATING University Berlin for saving life on this planet.

FOUNTAIN OF JOY
1 – 3 Juli 2022, Spreepark

Part three of the trilogy celebrates the triumph of human imagination in Spreepark Berlin: Utopia begins now, tears and training were successful and the salvation of the world …

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