The Devil’s Kitchen (Des Teufels Küche) is the working title of a new spoken opera (music theatre in the widest sense) that we intend to develop and stage as a rehearsed reading set to music by the end of September 2021.
Our aim is to create an imagined world in word and sound that enables us to engage both artistically/aesthetically and critically/ethically with the increasing fragmentation and polarisation of society at a time of global crisis. The work is divided into five acts. It tells the story of four individuals who, independently of one another, set out in a dark world full of hate and anger to find a long-lost 'urtext of human coexistence' and in the process cross paths time and again within a variety of different settings. What kinds of texts/fragments they ultimately find and how this affects them, both personally and in their relationships to one another, will emerge in the process of developing and rehearsing the piece.