For the 75th anniversary of Holland Festival, a vocal kwartet of the Netherlands Chamber Choir can be heard in the preformance: Kein Licht. A ghost world after a nuclear disaster, this is the starting point of Kein Licht. Director Nicolas Stemann and composer Philippe Manoury made an angrily pessimistic but at the same time humorously neurotic opera based on a text by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek.
Both the German Stemann and French Manoury are known for their daring choices. The director and composer routinely explore the boundaries between text, music, theatre and technology in a playful manner. They combine composed fragments with live electronics that respond in real time and unpredictably to the sound of vocalists, instrumentalists and even a Jack Russel. This adventurous combination results in a big roaring lament that dispenses with our faith in our ability to control technology.