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 the year (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.