Borderliners (Der Plan von der Abschaffung des Dunkels) : electroacoustic
by Simon James Phillips (2019)
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This composition was the Incidental Music to the eponymous play by Peter Hoeg, directed by Nora Schlocker, for the Junge DT (young ensemble of Deutsches Theater Berlin).
The composer, Simon James Phillips, was the sole performer, except for a short chorale performed by the actors ("Brich herein, heller Schein"). The music was otherwise without text, the voice providing texture rather than words.
Peter has been through seven orphanages and terrible experiences when he is unexpectedly accepted at Biehl's renowned private school. He is reasonably clever and fits in until he suddenly starts to have problems with time and knows that there is something large and merciless behind the rigid school system. Together with Katharina, who is investigating similar issues, he sets up a time lab to investigate: Why have the teacher staken their own children out of the school? Why have loudspeakers and amonitoring system been installed? Why is so much emphasis placed on absolute punctuality? And why is a boy like the maladjusted August accepted into the school? The three form a surrogate family and try to track down the secret plan in order to prevent a catastrophe. Nothing turns out right. But they discover that they are not simply at the mercy of time but can in fact create it themselves. That time can even be touched, held onto and changed. And Peter realises that it is no longer possible to give up, not when you have found something like love: "Once you have found it, you no longer want to sink. You long to stay on the surface forever." Text from Deutsches Theater Berlin.
Instrumentation: Cello, field recordings/electronics, voice.
Duration: 90 min.
Commission note: Written for production at Deutsches Theater Berlin
First performance: by Simon James Phillips — 12 Feb 19. Deutsches Theater Berlin / Kammerspiele, Germany
Performances of this work
12 Feb 19: Deutsches Theater Berlin / Kammerspiele, Germany. Featuring Simon James Phillips.
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