in the ruins of the heating plant Munich-Aubing
by Mathis Nitschke, Libretto by Thomas Jonigk
with Martina Koppelstetter and the string trio TrioCoriolis
18th – 22nd October, 2017
Installation 18.00 h
Performance 18.30 h
Duration ca. 70 min
Tickets available at www.muenchenticket.de
In German language without surtitles. A printed English translation will be available.
If possible, please bring a smartphone or tablet with charged battery. Please download the MAYA app already at home! Try it: scan the front of the flyer.
A smartphone is not mandatory for the visit to MAYA.
The ruins are unheated but roofed and freely walkable without seating. Warm clothes are recommended.
Artist talk after the show on the 19th October
„In the middle of the main hall you can see the remains of three giant machines from the 3rd millennium AD. Our ancestors used them to save their consciousness. The upload was reserved for people who had devoted their lifetime exclusively to the configuration, maintenance and energy supply of these machines. After death, they were granted salvation in the digital paradise.
Planned as a place without borders, the „Cyberspace“ (as it was called at that time) allowed the uploaded humanoids a second life without work, social constraints, diseases or physical restrictions.
In 2050 AD humanity was annihilated by a global catastrophe. Traces at the exhibition site point to a targeted reaction of the avatars. Legend has it that a chosen woman named Maya was supposed to create a new humanity in a resurrected human body with the help of her recycled consciousness.“
MAYA is a science-fiction-adventure on multiple reality layers. MAYA connects Opera, Techno and Augmented Reality. In the ruins of the heating plant Munich-Aubing the spectators find mysterious traces on their smartphones and tablets.
They are relicts from a past future in which man and machine were merged to a unity. A digital graveyard hints to the death of highly developed human avatars: Who are they? Where do they come from?
The only being in this space which could give answers is Maya. She is the last of its kind and the key to a digital otherworld.
Maya is on a mission. Does she manage to rescue the Cyberspace and with it herself and the human race?
MAYA transcends the core of an opera into the present: intoxication, ecstasy and extension of consciousness through music, sound, light and digital art. Opera and Techno: both stand for a powerful rebellion – against death, against loneliness. For a life without limits. For the promise of a world in which we live according to our boldest imaginations, without ever encountering physical limitations.
MAYA is a game of opposites. The future stands next to the past. Materiality encounters immateriality. New compositions meet pieces from Domenico Gabrielli (16th century), Steve Reich (1967) and KP Werani (2017). The string trio TrioCoriolis plays live with, against and in the electronic soundscapes of Klavikon, Jörg Hüttner, Björn Eichelbaum and Rumpeln. The lighting design by Urs Schönebaum fits like a sculpture into the room.
„Being a peanut would be great. Or a tapeworm. Or a ramshorn snail.“ Author Thomas Jonigk puts the language of a human being into the mouth of Maya, who is forced to rediscover her physicality in order to survive as a digital being.
MAYA stages the former heating plant Munich-Aubing as a historic site. Through an augmented reality app on the own smartphone, the spectator betakes himself in the perspective of a new civilization in the distant future, and looks back in amazement on the demise of our current civilization in the near future.
MAYA is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, the German Federal Government’s Performing Arts Fund (Fonds Daku) and the creative industries fund The Netherlands. Kindly supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Thanks to Allguth GmbH.