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Mexico Aura: The Myth of Possession is the first music theatre production to be staged by the Humboldt Forum.

Inspired by the 1500-year-old enema vase from the Mesoamerica collection of the Ethnologisches Museum, the artists of the Neuköllner Oper have developed a theatrical event that brings together indigenous instruments and new music. A story in music and bodies about myths, longing for the divine, and about (interpretive) power, possession and obsession.

Mexico Aura is set in our present: in a museum, at night. A curator receives an enigmatic applicant. Is she an artist or a political activist? Outside, fires burn – dumps of rubbish in Mexico. The journalist Claas Relotius reports live from everyday life in Mexico, from border militias and Mayan rites. – In the museum, a man with a dog’s head sings about his wife, whom he has been searching for for centuries. – Claas Relotius takes us to the “Museum of the Future”.

A world premiere with five dancers, three singers and the musicians of the Zafraan Ensemble. They take us on a fantastic and intricate journey into our global present. With music by the young composer Diana Syrse (MEX/D), texts by Eva Hibernia (ES) and John von Düffel (D) and staged by Christopher Roman (USA/D).

Mexico Aura : The Myth of Possession is a co-production of the Neuköllner Oper and the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss.



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