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Matthew Passion 2727

Kamea Dance Company, Wuppertal Opera, Leverkusen Theatre (Israel, Germany)

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: Tamir Ginz

Light design & sculptural lighting: Yaron Abulafia

Set: Adam Keller

Costume design: Limor Hershco

Conductor: Werner Ehrhardt

Choir: Kantorei Barmen-Gemarke / Conductor: Wolfgang Kläsener (Wuppertal)

Orchestra: l’arte del mondo / Conductor: Werner Ehrhardt (Leverkusen)

Photos by © Yossi Zwecker

Produced in Bayer Kultur.

World premiere at Leverkusen Germany - March 2017

Theatre & Opera

Bach’s musical rendering of Christ’s passion is regarded as one of the quintessential masterpieces of western classical sacred music. It is a major work of cultural heritage that brings people together. 

In this dance-opera production, the spectators are confronted aurally and visually by suffering and envy, and by grief and betrayal among people longing for love and encouragement and searching for a messiah to rescue them.

The journey begins with Jesus Christ’s funeral and then moves backwards in time toward the earlier stages of the original passion narrative, exploring how the loss of tolerance and love led to a complete volte-face, where we witness the execution of Judas – wondering how come that throughout human history, religion is misinterpreted and the pathology of a victim turns him into a murderer.