A Hunger ArtistOct. 21, 2017 19:15-Oct. 22, 2017 14:30  Duanjun Theatre, STA

Hunger Artist adapted from the German novelist Kafka's short story Der Hungerkünstler is a project of the genre contemporary new music theatre. A Hunger Artist divides the original novel into five scenes. It depicts "hunger art”, which was very popular in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, from the perspective of starry hunger artist. The artist is sitting in a cage exhibiting his art by proving in public how long he can stay without food for some weeks – showing his capability to resist hunger. The cast of A Hunger Artist consists of a theatre actor and an ensemble for flute, cello, Saxophone, percussion and piano. The musicians also take part in the performance process exhibiting at the same time both their role as actors and musicians. Compared to musical theatre and opera in contemporary new music theatre initiated by German-Argentin composer Mauricio Kagel musicians become also some kind of actor during the performance of a piece. In addition, music functions not only as expression or for creating an atmosphere it becomes also “theatre”. Therefore, the composer is not only in charge of the work’s sound part but also for the script and stage effects. Another feature of this new music theatre piece is its multimediality. Multimediality is achieved by combining real-time instrumental performance and theatre performance as well as preset and real-time video to scaffold and extend the audience’s three-dimensional stage mood to a multi-level sense experience.

Composer:Song Yang
Perform: hand werk
Flute: Daniel Agi
Cello: Niklas Seidl
Saxophone: Georg Wissel
Piano: Dorrit Bauerecker
Percussion: Rie Miyama
Manager: Hanna Fink
Actor: Hendrik Vogt
Media Design: Ashley Nicole Morgan
Prop Design: Angelia Knyazeva
Camera Assistant: Hanna Freres
Video Actress: Valentina Rekowski