When the mountain changed it’s clothing (Lublin, 19.10.2013)
When the mountain changed its clothing explores the changes experienced by the 40 girls from Maribor, ages ten to twenty. They confront us with stories and questions about the end of childhood.the old is no more, yet the new remains out of reach. On this threshold, they assemble to play seemingly harmless games, verses, songs, and create poetic threatening imaes. In a mutual interplay of sovereignty and repression, the young singers move through the cycle of the seasons, constantly calibrating the balance of power relations among one another and especially between the audience and the stage.
„What do young girls dream of” – „Of the knife and of blood.”
In 1995, this fragment of dialog by French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet closed an early musical theatre work by Heiner Goebbels, Die Wiederholung (The Repetition). It now represents the point of departure for his latest work of music theatre. Together with the singers and his artistic team, Heiner Goebbels developed a scenario in which the girls constantly sway between a cliche of childish innoicence and unpredictability. These highly charded images also emerge from the unbelievable energy of the young protagonists and reflect a social transformation: the rapid political and social changes in the region of this chorus and their musical culture.
Under the musical direction of Karmina Šilec, the Slovenian chorus has developed an international reputation. With its large repertoire, stretchung from medieaval to folk works and contemporary music, they perform around the world. Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica not only impresses with their great musical and choreographic precision, but also due to the self-confidence of the young singers.
The music to When the mountain changed its clothing combines choral music from Carmina Slovenica’s repertoire with partisam songs from the Tito era and popular music.
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