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13. Dec

Gianni

Brandt Brauer Frick

Informationen Zum Werk

Musical theatre by Brandt Brauer Frick und Martin Butler
Texts by Martin Butler, DC Miller und Amber Vineyard
World premiere: 1st October in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

In English language with English surtitles

Cast

Musical leadership

Brandt Brauer Frick

Directed by

Martin Butler

Set design, Video

Shan Blume

Costume design

And Beyond

Dramaturge

Sebastian Hanusa

Choreographic advise

Susanne Marx

Medusa / John

Alexander Geist

House mother

Amber Vineyard

Andrew

Seth Carico

Other roles / Dancers

Alexander Mugler

Other roles / Dancers

Fredrik Quinones

Other roles / Dancers


About the performance

The themes are desire and adoration, the promise of youth and beauty, the trappings of power and riches and auguries of unlimited sexual potency. Fashion can be defined as the presentation of the individual in an everyday setting, a presentation in which semblance merges with reality. It is also the international world of runways and supermodels. A designer will be hailed as the high priest of this world if he can promise to fulfil an existential expectation of happiness and do so in a way that appeals to the spirit of the times. Gianni Versace was one such high priest, yet there have been few other cases of star designers where such a meteoric rise has been followed by such an abrupt and tragic end. His path from Calabrian tailor and buyer of fabrics to fashion empire mogul ended with his murder by male prostitute and serial killer Andrew Cunanan outside Versace’s villa on Ocean Drive, Miami.

English director Martin Butler teams up with Berlin band Brandt Brauer Frick to present this parable of Versace’s rise and fall using the format of a vogue ball, typical of the voguing subculture that arose in 1980s New York, in which people dressed as celebrities from the world of glamour or fantasy and performed dance routines based on a synthesis of urban-dance moves and catwalk elements.

The performance will be hosted by Amsterdam voguing queen Amber Vineyard. The GIANNI ensemble will also feature Alexander Geist, the new "Boy Hero" of Pop, soprano Claron McFadden and Seth Carico, a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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