ALCHEMY OF PUNK: A Live Punk Opera from Berlin

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's offsite presentation of Alchemy of Punk-a live punk opera and a work-in-progress from Berlin by Aneta Panek-just for one evening at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Three Danses Macabres, Two Mad Scenes and A Punk Prayer, or Alchemy of Punk (Working Title) is a groundbreaking extravaganza, bringing together the greatest voices of classical opera, punk and industrial rock in an explosive spectacle, melting together theatrical and musical experience, video installation and live performance.

Featuring a video installation starring Berlin-based artists: soprano Simone Kermes, along with underground divaMona Mur and the legendary industrial musician En Esch (ex-KMFDM), as well as the Swiss conceptual artistDieter Meier, Japanese butoh dancer Yoriko Maeno, and Spanish dancer Meritxell Campos Olivé.

Performing live are New York-based artists: soprano singer Sofia Christensen, poet and burlesque artist Ember Flame, and dancer Kelly Vaghenas. (60 min.)

Presented by the Segal Center, in collaboration with The Watermill Center (Linda Jackson, Managing Director; Elka Rifkin, Watermill Center Director), and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Daniel Gallant, Executive Director)
New York Producer: Joy Sarah Arab. Berlin Producer: Jan Bek.

About the Director:
Aneta Panek, born in Warsaw, studied art history at the University Paris 4 Sorbonne, where her worked focused on the questions of transmediality in the arts, the uncanny in media and artistic exchanges between France, Germany and Poland. In 2011, her documentary My Heaven is Full of Music was included in the collection at the Museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Currently, Aneta Panek lives and works in Berlin, as experimental filmmaker.Her work is about the necessity of visualization and associative speculation in formulating and deconstructing theories and questioning reality. Her particular interests are alchemy, transmutation, subversion, and rebellion as means of self-liberation and self-discovery.

A fifteen-minute excerpt from Panek's avant-garde video-installation Alchemy of Punk was screened during the Segal Center's 2017 Film Festival on Theater and Performance.

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