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Recording: 2024-03-26 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (HAU1) (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Sheena McGrandles

MINT: An Opera on Money

HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

What remains of the working class in late capitalism? Is it really easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism? “MINT: An Opera on Money” deals with the ambiguity, complexity and divisions caused by our relationship to money, social class and labour. Together with four performers and a music ensemble, dancer and choreographer Sheena McGrandles takes on the genre of opera and its formal conventions and overgrows it with the transformative potential of the popular traditions of Irish folk dance and song, personal biographies and anecdotes.”MINT” unfolds at the intersection of choreography, theatre, music and lived history – evoking the shame, guilt, pleasure and darkness connected to our individual and shared relationships to money and class. What lurks behind fortune or misfortune? And what would you really do for money?

[Source: PR-Info]

TFB Nr. 1871

Cast & Credits

Performance by and with: Michelle Cheung, Martin Hansen, Justin Kennedy, Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Direction, choreography, concept: Sheena McGrandles
Music composition: Stellan Veloce, with: Kaj Duncan David, Jana Sotzko, Sabrina Ma
Co-direction, dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Guest Performer: Mickey Mahar
Text: Sheena McGrandles & Mila Pavićević in collaboration with performers and musicians
Stage, Costume Ddesign: Michiel Keuper, Julianne Längin
Lighting design: Annegret Schalke
Technical direction: Elliott Cennetoglu
Sound technician: Helen Heß
Choreographic outside eye: Maria F. Scaroni, Kate McIntosh
Production assistance: Vida Zelić
Stage assistance: Mireia Guzmán Sanjaume/ Vocal outside ear & coach Evelyn Saylor/ Voice Coaching: Ignacio Jarquin, Molly Donnery/ Irish Dance Coaching: Constantin Kirsten
Production: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
Distribution: Paz Ponce Subtitles translation: Elena Polzer, Nina Gribat Subtitles: Calvin Lanz

MINT : An Opera on Money is inspired by text and works by Anne Boyer, Kate Bush, Charlie Chaplin, Cynthia Cruz, Philip Glass, Silvia Federici, Mark Fisher, Claudio Monteverdi, Goran Sergej Pristaš
The performance includes texts by: Jean Francois-Lyotard (2015) Libidinal Economy, translation Iain Hamilton Grant, Bloomsbury Revelation and Requiem for Croppies, by Seamus Heaney (1966)
Performance includes songs written by performers, Michelle Cheung, Martin Hansen, Justin Kennedy and Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Production: Sheena McGrandles
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, PACT Zollverein (Essen)
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds and as part of Zeitgeist Ireland 24, an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Germany.
Thanks to: PSR collective, Uferstudios

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Sheena McGrandles / Trailers and Video Documentations

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