Der Premieren- und Festivalblog des Thalia Theaters Hamburg
Foto: Stefan Malzkorn
Von Malva Cepeda
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.“
This quote from Charles Dickens perfectly describes the start of this new era, one that only brings darkness, violence and pain to the living beings on earth. An era, in which these beings discover unknowingly the one thing that will cause betrayal and despair, and maybe find peace and harmony through hardships.
Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle! / walle zur Wiege! Wagalaweia! / Wallala weiala weia!
These words find their way into a new language. Slowly we watch the characters on stage as they play with the words and try making sense of these „tongues“ in a comedic manner. After a catharsis of words and emotions we see them creating a new way of communication, and with it a new language and way of understanding each other.
The atmosphere was still then harmonic, until the characters come across a precious, a then unknown worth object, that catches their attention. They don’t know exactly what it is, but even though their minds are still primitive they realize it’s holder could have the power and subordination of everything around them.
The characters start fighting and conflict arises as they need to decide who is the one and only holder of the ring made out of the Rheingold.
Wagner’s opera comes to life as we see the characters on stage with a touch of modern perspective, enabling the audience to observe a new interpretation from an opera created about 200 years earlier to our times.
The audience was not only able to watch the overwhelmingly amazing acting skill of the performers and the genius of the direction, but we get to hear fractions of the magnificence of Wagner’s masterpiece. Specially in the beginning of the second part, where the characters try to sing to the Ride of the Valkyries and the audience gets to listen to the symphony per se, which brought a sense of nostalgia, due to the fact that most of the people know the music, but have less knowledge about the story itself.
In my opinion, the director Antú Romero Nunes was able to wrap up such a difficult story into a funny, charismatic, strong and imposing performance. It incited many emotions: fear, anger, perhaps joy? There was no turning back as soon as darkness came down on us inside the room.