Russian-born artists AES+F collective present their newest project – Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot” at Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
This new project stems from the desire to contaminate the traditional language of opera with contemporary art expressions. A reinterpretation of the classics in a new look, the desire to reach a new audience through a truly original form.
It’s the year 2070 and princess Turandot heads a renewed, gigantic, and multiethnic Chinese empire. Beijing is depicted as a futuristic metropolis, where elements from traditional Oriental architecture coexist with hyper-technological buildings within an artificial landscape. Its inhabitants are clearly the co-protagonists from the very beginning of the show. The masses – including choir and extras – represent a vulnerable and confused society, trained by those in power to tolerate violence; their public displays of adoration for the princess border on idolatry and mass hallucination. Turandot imposed a radical cyber matriarchy upon society. Her authority has undermined even the emperor’s power. This violent opposition to masculinity, her aggressiveness and coldness, stems from a wound in Turandot’s psychology, deriving from her family history. Her ancestor Lo-u-Ling was slain by a foreign invader. In the story’s time setting, our present time is the past. Her trauma hence refers back to our current time.