Photographs: © Jessica Schäfer
“A man lost and drowning at sea is rescued by a mysterious and beautiful woman, possibly a phantom or a mermaid, who escorts him to an island ruled by a despotic King and Queen. They name their newly discovered castaway Burt Turrido, and make him their slave, and – when he proves too inept at that – their prisoner. But this is an opera, and the drama doesn't stop there – there's yet to come still a cataclysmic storm, an immaculate pregnancy, a murder, a love triangle, a mock execution, a birth, an alien invasion and kidnapping, and we promise you it's not over until someone finally gets impaled on a narwhal tusk.”
Four hours of opera are nothing. But those who know Nature Theater of Oklahoma know that there little in common between the theater they make and the traditional opera theatre genre. "Burt Turrido: an Opera" is a spectacular, wild-west performance that often skirts the cliché cliff by a hair's breadth. In "Burt Turrido: An Opera", Nature Theater of Oklahoma unabashedly dismantle everything they encounter in the way of the conventional structures and forms of the opera genre, only to reassemble it with great passion, humour and the courage to take risks.
Text & direction
Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska
Gabel Eiben, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Bence Mezei, Kadence Neill
Robert M. Johanson
Dramaturg Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Dramaturg Schauspiel Frankfurt
Production Manager Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Anne Kleiner
Set Design Assistant & Props
Hanna Marlene Schnell
Set Design Assistant to Luka Curk
Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Management and Distribution
Arctic Arts Festival
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
Espoo City Theatre
HAU Hebbel Am Ufer
Zürcher Theater Spektakel
Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts & Society
Frankfurter Positionen 2021, an initiative of the BHF-Bank Foundation.
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege as part of the project series UNLIMITED II promoting exemplary positions in the contemporary performing arts.