The International Summer Festival at Kampnagel dedicates its series “Post Musicals” to a genre which had long been equated with intelligent, social-critical entertainment à la George Gershwin, Kurt Weill or Leonard Bernstein. But as musicals became more and more commercialized in the 1980s, the genre and its themes became increasingly shallow and banal. Today, musicals have become an example of profit-making mass spectacles which have aggressively made their mark on the cultural identity of German cities such as Hamburg with their own performance venues and hard-to-miss advertising billboards.
Starting in 2013, the International Summer Festival will begin work on producing three musicals with the aim of offering a counter-example to the typical commercialized versions by returning to the original, subversive social analysis of musicals with their high-quality combination of music, dance and theatre. By co-producing international productions, the project hopes to make a far-reaching impact and revitalize musicals as an innovative genre once more.
You us we all (2013)
The American instrumentalist and composer Shara Worden and her band My Brightest Diamond have significantly expanded the sound spectrum of pop music. Together with director Andrew Ondrejcak and the Belgian Baroque ensemble BOX, she developed a pop musical in 2013 in which allegorical archetypes of the Baroque period met the challenges of contemporary situations of daily life. A coproduction by the International Summer Festival and DeSingel, Amsterdam
The Shadow (2014)
Composer and pianist Chilly Gonzales adapted Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Shadow" into a score for chamber ensemble, puppeteers and actors. Together with Canadian director, filmmaker and Puppetmastaz collaborator Adam Traynor he created a visually expressive wordless musical.
With: Chilly Gonzales, Kaiser Ensemble (Musik), Niklas Kohrt, Melanie Kretschmann, Sabina Perry, Philipp Plessmann, Composition: Chilly Gonzales, Director: Adam Traynor, Stage adaption: Adam Traynor & Chilly Gonzales, Shadows: Beau Philippe, Stage: Jens Kilian, Costumes: Bent Angelo Jensen (Herr Von Eden), Choreography: Sabina Perry, Lights: Freddy Niss, Dramaturgy: Michaela Kretschmann.
Phantom Ghost: Exposé (working title)
“Phantom Ghost” is a project by the musician Thies Mynther and the Tocotronic singer Dirk von Lotzow. Based on interviews with the former Broadway ballerina, porno actress and choreographer Georgina Spelvin, they have written a musical about Spelvin’s life which explores the relationship of art and sexuality. Produced by the International Summer Festival in cooperation with the Donaufestival Krems. Artistic director: Amelie Deuflhard
Artists: Andrew Ondrejcak (US), Shara Worden (US), Chilly Gonzales (CA), Tim Adams (GB), Thies Mynther