Volksoper was an opera in eight acts performed over the course of four days.

Volksoper was an art piece where we imagined a world with greater equality through the lens of opera.

Volksoper was an opera house that put women in front.

Volksoper was a festival that explored the pop-potential of opera.

Volksoper was a movement that made use of opera’s political power.

Volksoper was a party where everyone was invited.


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Volksoper was the first of two project by Proxy has been invited to do at Theater Freiburg as artists in recidence at the theater. In collaboration with the house and a beautiful bunch of invited artists, we created a four day festival exploring new forms of opera.

VOLKSOPER RECIDENCY

By and with:
Irina Park
Jongsoo Yang
Lorenzo de Cunzo
Stefanie Mrachaz
Lydia Dörr

Teachers:
Heiki Riipinen
David Jensen
Scenography:
Ylva Owren

In the weeks leading up to the festival, Heiki and David met with a mix of actors and opera singers, professionals and studens, to do a workshop on by Proxys methods for creating stage material. Together with the artists, they created the opening performance of the festival which also marked the opening of our pop-up opera house, the opera annex, beautifully designed by Ylva

ANCIENT HITS AND MODERN CLASSICS
By and with
(by Proxy):
Anders Firing Aardal
Matias Askvik
David Jensen

(Theater Freiburg):
Johannes Knapp (piano)
Denis Zhdanov (cello)
Myriam Stahlberger (flute)
Julienne Mbodjé (vocals)

by Proxys house band, the Parsec boys, did a concert in collaboration with some rock'n'roll classical musicicans from the Theater Freiburg ensemble, where the two groups of musicians were challenged to create new versions of well knows music from their respective genres. Meaning we got to know how "Say my Name" would sound like if Destinys Child was making music in the 1700's or if Mozart would have made it as an EDM-musician (he wouldn't).

SCHNITZLER'S DREAMS - GENIA
With:
Mari Askvik (mezzo-sopran)
Matias Askvik (double bass)
Ingo Ziemke (violin)
Armando Renzi (violoncello)

Direction, libretto and costume design: Mareike Dobewall
Musical arrangement: Evelin Seppar
Scenography: Ylva Owren

Schnitzler's dreams were Mareike Dobewalls BA-project when she graduated at Norwegian Theatre Academy in 2015, and was originally performed by a full enemble in an empty, newly renovated, wing of the Fredrikstad Library. For the Volksoper festival Mareike brought a smaller version of the piece to Freiburg and the Opera Annex, where supertalent (and all of by Proxys favourite big sister) Mari Askvik joined the festival to reprise her role as Genia.

WOMEN IN MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS (PANEL DISCUSSION)

With:
Tatjana Beyer
Marthe Sofie Løkeland Eide
Ylva Owren
Mia Schmidt
Lydia Jeschke (moderator)

As part of the program in the annex the festival invited a group of women to discuss the situation for women in music and performing arts in todays scene. The starting point for the discussion came from wondering why it is so hard for female opera composers to have their works performed on the bigger opera stages.

ARMCHAIR OPERA

With:
Anders Firing Aardal
Matias Askvik
Ylva Owren
Heiki Riipinen

concept:
Matias Askvik

While the sun was burning outside and the football world cup went into its final stages, a small group of people were invited into a part of Theater Freiburg usually reserved for the technicians - the sub stage. Sitting in comfortable armchairs and in almost total darkness, the audiences got to experience the mainstage opera production "Coraline" from a new angle, right under the feet of the performers. All while being served tea and couch drops.


BINGO BAROQUE

With and by:
Anders Firing Aardal
Matias Askvik
Marthe Sofie Løkeland Eide
Lærke Grøntved
David Jensen
Heiki Riipinen
Johannes Knapp (piano)
Solen Mainguené (singing)
Juan Orozco (singing)
Mari Askvik (singing)

Concept:
Marthe Sofie Løkeland Eide

by Proxys super popular gameshow party queerness extravaganza was off course part of the Volksoper festival, and what better mix is there than bingo and opera? We are gonna let the pictures talk for themselves on this one.

CLUB SERENADE

DJ:
Julian Maier Hauff

With:
Mari Askvik (singing)
Anders Firing Aardal
Matias Askvik
Marthe Sofie Løkeland Eide
Lærke Grøntved
David Jensen
Ylva Owren
Heiki Riipinen

Concept:
Heiki Riipinen

For the main party of the festival by Proxy invited the incredible Julian Maier Hauff to perform his music magic, while club kids flooded the dancefloor in the finest costumes the theatre dared to let us borrow. Mari Askvik stepped it up again and showed us all that yes, you can indeed do an opera improv at a night club and still have people dancing and thinking it is actually a pretty amzing sound!

IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL THE SOPRANO DIES

With:
Irina Park
Amelie Petrich
Janna Horstmann
Marthe Sofie Løkeland Eide
David Jensen
deconstruction team

Director:
Lærke Grøntved
Co-director:
Marthe Sofie Løkeland Eide
Concept and scenography:
Ylva Owren

Why does the soprano always have to die? Either she is to pure for this world, and dies, or else, she is basically a dirty, promiscuous slut and have to die as well. For the final perfomance of the festival, director Lærke Grøntved wanted to see how many of these dramatic deaths could be fitted into a 45 minute closing performance. With liters upon liters of blood, guns, canons, smoke, poison and a deconstruction team demanteling the opera annex while the performers sung their last notes before dying - the performance marked the defenite ending of all endings.