Sa 20:00
Hybrid Formats
Music Theater/Performance

Queen of Hearts ( UA )

Jannik Giger, Leo Hofmann, Benjamin van Bebber, Sarah Maria Sun, Jude Ellison Sady Doyle

How much power does woman have over her own narrative and our gaze in a thoroughly mediatised world?
Martin Bashir's iconic BBC interview with the Princess of Wales serves as source material to confront the complex relationships of media power and self-empowerment, public and private, politics and emotion from a contemporary feminist perspective. Diana has long since been replaced by self-proclaimed Instagram princesses and the paparazzi by trolls and shitstorms. The myth of Diana, however, remains exemplary of the systematic act of revenge against women who dare to speak out in public.
In a multimedia sound space for voice and electronics, the exceptional soprano Sarah Maria Sun is at the centre of the evening, using her voice to create a cosmos that explores the unspoken and the contemporary context of the interview.


Sarah Maria Sun (performance), Silvester von Hösslin (performance), Jannik Giger (composition, musical direction), Leo Hofmann (composition, sound direction), Benjamin van Bebber (director, libretto, video), Jude Ellison Sady Doyle (libretto), Orchesterschule Insel, Lea Burkhalter (set, costumes), Juliane Votteler (dramaturgy), Florencia Alonso (video), Judith Holland-Moritz (assistant director), Julia Kraushaar (set assistance, costumes), Ursula Freiburghaus (production management), Jeanne Vogt (distribution, outside eye); Josef Böhm, Lisa Pottstock, Alexandra Idele, Marla Johanna Breuker, Clara Gallagher (voices feed)


Introduction with Juliane Votteler at 19:00

A composition commissioned by Gare du Nord, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Fondation Nicati-de Luze and Fondation Suisa.
Supported by Pro Helvetia and Ernst Göhner Foundation.


90 minutes, no break


35.-/25.-/15.- (Free choice at the box office or in advance booking)
Free admission applies to persons with residence permit N, F or S as well as to children under 12 years of age; 5.- Students of the Hochschule für Musik FHNW and the Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar of the University of Basel; 10.- Colourkey members

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