Subnormal Europe

opéra . Théâtre des Capucins
Subnormal Europe (c) Armin Smailovic
Lieu Théâtre des Capucins
In English
1h00 (pas d'entracte)

Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil

Part music theatre, part one-woman opera, Subnormal Europe is the brainchild of multimedia artist composers Óscar Escudero and Belenish Moreno-Gil.

The exhilarating live performance involves a singer and a sound engineer, an installation of screens and loudspeakers, and dazzling technology. Commissioned by Munich Biennale to mark Germany’s 2020 presidency of the EU Council, it traces the history of audiovisual documentation. The technological progress is clear but what is progress when it starts from the first recording of the human voice and ends at fake news? Against a backdrop of interactive visuals, singer Noa Frenkel delivers a narrative about documentation and truth, and what European values mean to the wider world.


Concept, composition, dramaturgy, direction, costume, text, video & audio production
Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil
Noa Frenkel
Sebastian Schottke
Project management
ZKM | Hertz-Lab: Ludger Brümmer
Project coordination, live electronics
Götz Dipper
Technical direction video
Moritz Büchner
Andy Koch
Video pre-processing, set photos & videos
Xenia Leidig
Set stage & lighting
Hans Gass
Live electronics, sound direction
Sebastian Schottke
Sound Recordist
Jakob Schreiber
iPad software
Bernd Lintermann
Composition & libretto commissioned by the
City of Munich for the Munich Biennale
Munich Biennale with Hertz-Labor of the ZKM Karlsruhe
In cooperation with
Gare du Nord & ZeitRäume Basel & Wien Modern as part of the network for cross-form music theatre forms
With kind support of the
Instituto Cervantes Munich


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