Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Glimpses into the Beyond?

10.05.2016, Berlin | Once again this season, the lobby of the Komische Oper Berlin is the place where art meets science and theory meets entertainment. Continuing their successful cooperation, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Ernst Schering Foundation organize four evening salons featuring renowned scholars and scientists. In conjunction with the opera’s season program, the salons explore topics that are of interest to both science and the world of opera. A playful and relaxed atmosphere for discussion, such as had characterized nineteenth-century salons, is achieved by, among other things, a variety of discussion formats and artistic interventions related to the evening’s topic. Entitled Glimpses into the Beyond?,the fourth salon, on June 20, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., deals with near-death experiences.


Topics, Tickets, and Dates

Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57 | 10117 Berlin

Tickets for 12 EUR / 8 EUR are available through the ticket service of the Komische Oper.

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Mon, January 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
»On Fire for One’s Faith?«

Salon on Religion and Religiosity

Religions provide answers to the big questions of mankind; they offer comfort, consolation, and confidence. At the same time, they again and again are used to justify terror and wars. Is fanaticism inscribed into religions or are religions simply being abused? Does religion perhaps create the very problems it is trying to solve? Is religion corrupted by people or are people corrupted by religion? Is it a refuge for all or a breeding ground of some?

GUESTS: Dr. Michael Blume (religious studies scholar, University of Cologne), and Prof. Dr. Michael Utsch (theologian and psychologist, Protestant Central Agency for Worldview Questions)
With singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS: Johanna Wall and Simon Berger

Der feurige Engel (The Fiery Angel)
(Performances on December 10, 16, and 22, 2015, and January 2 and 10, 2016)

Mon, March 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
»What Do You Mean, Suitable for Children?«

Salon on Childhood and Education

Do children always have to understand everything to enjoy it? Should children be given as much freedom as possible, or do they rather need boundaries and guidance? Who really knows what is good and right for children? And who only claims to know? 

GUESTS: Prof. Dr. Johanna Mierendorff (professor of education, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg), Prof. Dr. Herbert Scheithauer (Developmental Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin)
With singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS: Simon Berger and Rainer Simon

Das Gespenst von Canterville (The Canterville Ghost)
(Performances on February 25 and 29, March 13, and April 13, 14, and 21, 2016)

Mon, May 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
»Together We Are Weak?«
Salon on Collectivity and Public Spirit

Self-fulfilment is the creed of western societies, public-mindedness is only for social romantics. Has one of the key achievements of the Enlightenment – the autonomy of the subject – turned into its negative? Have we forgotten the value of collectivity? Is it even possible to create community within heterogeneous and pluralistic societies? And if so, how? Maybe in small collectives that combine an individualism beyond egotism and a sense of community beyond homogeneity?

GUESTS: Dr. Moritz Helmstaedter (brain researcher, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main) and Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker (professor of cultural theory, University of Witten/Herdecke)
With singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS: Katja Naie and Rainer Simon

Die Hochzeit des Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
(Performances on May 1, 6, 16, 20, and 28, 2016)

Mon, June 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
»Glimpses into the Beyond?«
Salon on Near-Death Experiences 

Looking into a brightly lit tunnel, leaving one’s body, looking back at one’s life – what some interpret as a sign of life after death, others consider to be merely a neurological phenomenon. What characterizes near-death experiences? What happens in our brain while we have them? And what remains of them afterwards? How does such an experience change our life? What place do we give to death in our lives?

GUESTS: Prof. Dr. Thomas Macho (professor of cultural studies, Humboldt University, Berlin) and Dr. med. Birk Engmann (neurologist, Leipzig)
With singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS: Katja Naie and Ulrich Lenz

Castor et Pollux (Castor and Pollux)
(Performances on June 22, 25, and 30, and July 3, 2016)


Photo 1: Thomas Macho (left, Photographer: Klaus Fritsche) and Birk Engmann (right)
Photo 2: Photographer Jan Windszus
Photo 3: Photographer Michael Bidner



Komische Oper_Foto Michael_Bidner





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