Generously supported by the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” and the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin
Concept by: Evan Gardner und Michael Höppner
Music by: John Cage, Pierluigi Billone, Naomi Pinnock, Unsuk Chin, Iannis Xenakis, und Edgar Varèse
Opera Lab Berlin’s own take on George Bernard Shaw’s „Pygmalion“, Words presents the story of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle within a confused language that itself must be divided, expanded, and reinvented. Against a backdrop of concert pieces for chamber ensemble and voice, texts are renounced of all meaning as parts of speech are broken down through verbal acrobatics into their musical components.