ZEROTH LAW by GAMUT INC
The question of a possible coexistence of man and machine is at the centre of the robot trilogy of the retro-futuristic ensemble gamut inc.
After OVER THE EDGE CLUB and ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS, with the third part ZEROTH LAW they transform the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper into a hybrid soundscape – together with the RIAS Kammerchor and the music machines of the legendary robot orchestra founded by Godfried-Willem Raes at the Stichting Logos in Ghent.
Inspired by Isaak Asimov’s “The Avoidable Conflict”, ZEROTH LAW creates a ritual resonance space around the thematic complex of technology, nature and magic. In the novella, the author deals with a form of society that has become absolutely dependent on machines. In the production, music, text, musical robots, choir and dancers, video projections and light choreography combine to create a surreal landscape. In his libretto, Frank Witzel takes up the philosophical questions of the science fiction original.
Composition, Concept, Directors, Costumes:
gamut inc / Marion Wörle, Maciej Śledziecki
Libretto: Frank Witzel
Chorus Conductor: Olaf Katzer
Choreographer: Ruben Reniers
Lighting, Video: Fubbi Karlsson
Video Edit: Bobby Good
Projection Designer: Lucas Wilson-Spiro
Sound direction: Olivia Oyama
Documentation: Anne Luft & Anja Simon
Chorus Director: Bernhard Heß
Production management RIAS Kammerchor: Christiane Wünsch
Robotics technology: Kristof Lauwers
Dramaturgy: Sebastian Hanusa
Production assistance: Matthias Kremsreiter
Actress: Ursina Lardi
Dancer: TingAn Ying & Ruben Reniers
Robot orchestra: Logos Foundation (build by Dr. Godfried-Willem Raes)
Chorus: RIAS Kammerchor