Opera — Der Yopougon Ring
Monumental, fascinating and controversial: Richard Wagner's opera cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” is still the subject of controversy today. Sixteen hours in four evenings—created over more than a quarter of a century—tell of the downfall of a power system, the fateful failure of the hero, and the utopia of love. After more than 40 years, “The Ring” returns to Theater Basel, with the premieres of “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre” this fall, followed by “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung” in 2024. This season’s premieres will be accompanied by a festival lasting several weeks with commissioned works, discussion series, late-night formats, and other events that take their own perspectives on the diverse thematic complexes of “Der Ring.”
In a performance between dance, discourse, and pop culture, the transcultural collective around Monika Gintersdorfer and Knut Klassen explodes Richard Wagner's monumental work. Together with performers from Côte d'Ivoire, they scrutinise the cycle and its themes, such as magic and myth, domination, and the cult of heroes. Gintersdorfer / Klassen develop projects in which they focus on the life strategies and forms of expression of the performers and confront them with their own esthetics. Their work crosses borders, this time from Abidjan to Basel and back.
Wagner's world of myths from a postcolonial perspective will be performed on the main stage in various languages.
Tickets are CHF 60 for adults and CHF 20 for youths up to age 16 and students up to age 30.