there is a time to look to the invisible,
there is a time to reveal the unknown...
The End of the World is an expanded Augmented Reality Walk opera developed for Hololens II by composer Patricia Martínez, librettist Giuliana Kiersz and director Carmen C. Kruse that reflects on the theme of the world ending through interviews with women from all walks of live and makes the historical unseen visible.
Developed for the public space, starting in the foyer of an opera house, 15 audience members at a time go onto an exploratory walk into the city in which they encounter female stories of change and tumult through holograms of singers and musicians.
As a modular production, The End of the world, is unique to each place. It features its own row of interviews and stories that blend into a 21st Century reflection of world ends and unseen changes.
Commissioned by Civic Opera Creations (COCREATIONS), finalist of the NOperas! Competition, 2021.
Conceived by composer Patricia Martínez, director Carmen C. Kruse and librettist Giuliana Kiersz.
Carmen C. Kruse
Patricia Martínez is an Argentinian-Spanish composer, interdisciplinary artist and performer. Her creative and research interests are focused on new music composition and interdisciplinary projects, specially contemporary music theatre, new opera, extended music composition and performance, a sensible use of technology (electroacoustic and video art), improvisation and choreography-composition. She studied in Buenos Aires, Quilmes, IRCAM, and Stanford University. She has received multiple prizes and accolades. Her works have been performed in North & South America and Europe. Recently highlights include the interdisciplinary diptych Breve sueno at the Experimental Center of Teatro Colón; the chamber opera La nina helada at Festival für Neue Musik Darmstadt; and her micro-opera 2001 at Polish National Opera, Warsaw. www.patriciamartinez.com.ar
The Argentinian word artist, writer and playwright Giuliana Kiersz bases her work on a combination of personal and regional research with a strong interest in the relationship to language, the specific local context, collective writing, the political dimension of words and the broadening of social and political horizons. She completed her training as a dramaturg in Buenos Aires and was a fellow of the Royal Court Theater’s International Playwrights Program. El fin was awarded the Germán Rozenmacher Prize and produced by the Buenos Aires International Festival 2019. In 2015 she won third prize with Isabel I in the Instituto Nacional del Teatro Competition, which published her work in 2016. Her work has since been performed in Argentina, Germany, France and Mexico. www.giulianakiersz.com
Carmen C. Kruse
Carmen C. Kruse is an award-winning opera stage director and new works collaborator. As the Artistic Director of Vienna-based Civic Opera Creations, she is actively invested in new opera. Her work is shaped by an in-depth, psychological exploration of broad societal themes and their effects on individuals, and fed by first-hand accounts and community input. Kruse creates immersive, live experiences that change the relationship between orchestra and dramatic action, and present archaic worlds that inspire and empower. Kruse gave her directing debut with Cavalli's L’Egisto at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in 2017. Further productions brought her to the Osterfestspielen Baden-Baden, Staatstheater Mainz, Staatsoper Stuttgart, and the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt. She is an Alumna of the Akademie Musiktheater heute of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung (Directing Scholarship, 2017-19), L’Académie du Festival d’Aix (2020), and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab (2018). www.cckruse.com
German designer Katharina Grof works in opera, theater and film. She started in with director Bashar Shbib in the film productions of Sunset Pictures in Montréal and collaborated with the Canadian painter Tyson Atkings. After a year of assisting at Burgtheater Vienna, she created her first works for the “Junge Burg” with director Peter Raffalt. She studied stage and costume design at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart with Prof. Martin Zehetgruber. During her studies she created her own works such as King Lear at the Studiotheater Berlin with director Evgeny Titov, which was invited to the “WTEA festival” in Beijing. In addition to Quelle Distance Entre La Terre Et Le Soleil at the “Festivaldes Musiques Sacrées du Monde” in Morocco, she designed The Marquise von O ... at the Schauspiel Stuttgart with director Zita Gustav Wende. Most recently she created Before the Festival by Saša Stanišić.
Swiss Dramaturg Rebekka Meyer completed her studies in musicology, theater studies and German language and literature at the universities of Zurich, Bern and Berlin with a Master of Arts in musicology. After dramaturgical work for institutions such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, she became an assistant dramaturge at the Junge Oper Stuttgart, where she accompanied the world premieres: War. Imagine he was here by Marius Felix Lange and on_the_line. In 2018, she became an opera dramaturge at Lucerne Theater and worked with directors such as Benedikt von Peter, Herbert Fritsch, and Bettina Oberli. Since August 2021, she is an opera dramaturg at Konzert Theater Bern. She won the 2019 Baden-Baden directing competition together with director Carmen C. Kruse with a concept for Victoria Bond's opera "Clara, whose world premiere took place in April 2019.
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