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A campsite without trees – with Morton Feldman

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Documentary music theatre (interviews with foresters, tree experts etc.)
Music by Morton Feldman, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert und Richard Strauss.
Arranged by Michael Wilhelmi

World premiere on 2 October 2020 at the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Entrance is via the fire station entrance at Zillestr. 53. The performance begins in the Tischlerei courtyard.

You will find free programme leaflets on your seats.

The performance is suitable for everyone aged 14 and over. It takes 2 hours and 30 minutes including one break. Due to our hygiene concept there is a ventilation break after approx. 50 minutes. We ask you to leave the Tischlerei during this time.

During the break you will receive a free drink in the inner courtyard of the Tischlerei. We advise you to have clothes for lower temperatures ready.

Performance in German and English language. There are no surtitles.

We kindly ask you to cover mouth and nose during the performance. Thank you for your cooperation.

In German ans English language

ca. 2 hrs 30 mins / one interval – Breaktime drink included


Stage Director & Concept

Anna-Sophie Mahler

Dramaturgy & Concept

Falk Rößler

Conductor & Composer

Michael Wilhelmi

Set- and Costume design

Sophie Krayer

Video design

Georg Lendorff


Lars Gebhardt

Chorus Master of the Youth Chorus

Christian Lindhorst

Design & construction of mobile loudspeakers

Annatina Huwiler

About the performance

The topos of the Wood as a focus for German Romantic sensibility has undergone considerable shifts over the last 200 years. Be it as an epitome of narrow-mindedness, militaristic uniformity and romantic withdrawal from society, as a touchstone to eco-spirituality or as a seismic gauge of climate change, the wood has always served and continues to serve as a projection surface for socio-political phenomena.

Director Anna-Sophie Mahler and her team have used interviews with experts and scientists as the basis for their two-part evening of musical theatre, an event that not only invites the audience to learn and experience but will also be engineering a shift in public perspective. In the process the austere Tischlerei will morph into an imaginary wood, Romantic choral music and sylvan song material will be delivered in a campsite ambience and the audience will gain insights into fungal structures and the communications systems of trees. The evening will culminate in a condensed presentation of Morton Feldman‘s »Triadic Memories« – an extraordinary piece for solo piano that was written in 1981, late in his career, and is a gem of clarity, openness and minimalism.

Anna-Sophie Mahler is at home with opera and theatre in equal measure. She works regularly as part of a team putting together events that are based on research findings and cause familiar stage material to rub up against the biographies of »real people«.

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