Now in preproduction: 'Kindertotenlieder'
Toward the end of this month will be the first of two planned auditions to find performers for 'Kindertotenlieder,' the third theater work in the trilogy I'm doing with director Gisele Vienne and composer Peter Rehberg/Pita. As I think you know, this time Peter will be collaborating on the music with Stephen O'Malley of the band Sunn0))). I'll be doing occasional posts to give you an idea of the work's process, development, and evolution. Today I'm posting a photo album from Gisele's and performer Jonathan Capdeville's research mission to Austria in early January. 'Kinderotenlieder's' setting is a combination black metal concert/funeral in the dead of winter in the middle of the Austrian woods. At the moment, we're planning to chill the stage to a very low temperature and have lots of fake snow both falling onto and covering it. Gisele's and Jonathan's Austrian trip was undertaken partly to research 'krampus,' an ancient annual Austrian tradition centered around Salzburg where packs of men dress in elaborate demonic costumes, get shit-faced drunk, and travel from town to town physically attacking/punishing people they decide are sinners. A 'krampus' attack occurs in one section of our piece. Another point of the Austrian trip was to find out how the dolls Gisele uses in her work would look and perform/survive in such forbidding circumstances. Here is how the photos below relate to 'Kindertotenlieder.' Words in all caps are the tentative names of characters destined to feature in the work: (1) l. to. r. SUICIDAL BOY DOLL, KILLER BOY DOLL, (2) l. to r. SBD, KBD, (3) Scenic Austrian alps shot, (4) Krampus #1, (5) Krampus #2, (6) l. to r. KILLER (Jonathan) and the drunken boy inside Krampus #2, (7) l. to r. GHOST, SBD, (8) SBD, (9) SBD, KILLER (10) SBD.