released at Edition Svitzer
HesseIndia combines elements from South Indian and contemporary Western music and theatre. South India has a long opera tradition. The main difference with its Western counterpart, is that instead of the music ‘following’ the singer who appear on stage, the singers sit together with the musicians. On stage a form of dance-theatre develops with occasional dialogues taking place between actors and dancers. In this production, the singer does not appear on stage and represents the ‘Higher Consciousness’ that Hesse strove to reach in a life-long search.
She hints at the causes of and solutions to Hermann’s dilemmas, through lyrics based on the main subjects of the Bhagavad Gita (one of the cornerstones of Hinduism).
HesseIndia is a multidisciplinary performance in which acting, singing, dance, video projections and live music blend into a confronting view of ‘the inner continent’ that so many India travelers seek, whether consciously or unconsciously.
This CD contains the concertante version of the production.
Read the review in the Wiener Zeitung.