Music : François Ribac
Dramaturgy : Eva Schwabe et François Ribac
Stage director: Denis Krief
Assistant choreography: Bénédicte Charpiat
Vocals by Marie Faye, Eva Schwabe, Cyrius Martinez, Frédéric Faye
Sound: Charles Frossard
Instrumental music performed by 2 Revox
KINOPERA was performed during 1996 and 1997 in theaters, festivals and movie theaters in France.
There was a time - around 1902 especially in Germany - when silent movies were accompanied by singers. During the screening of a silent film, a costumed tenor placed in front of the screen was trying to synchronize his (her) lips with the music played by a hidden gramophone. The repertoire included opera arias, popular songs or musical parodies, not always directly related to the film.
Excited by this discovery in Siegfried Kracauer's book "From Caligari to Hitler" we developed the project KINOPERA. While the movie "DIE STRASSE" (1923) by Karl Grune was screened, four singers interpreted a score and came alive in front of the screen. The music was played by two tape recorders. The movie we had choosen is the first one of a serie of German "street" films. The street as the lure of the big city, where the petty bourgeoisie is exposed to temptations and danger. The movie set of the movie had been imagined by the painter Ludwig Meidner, a major figur of German Expressionism.
We decided to confront the film with poems from that time before WWI and with strong relations to the theme of metropolis. The lyrics we have choosen were written by Ivan Goll, Emile Verhaeren, Georg Trakl, Else Lasker-Schüller, Georg Heym, Ernst Stadler, Alfred Döblin, Erich Muhsam, Max Hermann-Neisse and Edlef Köppen.
The music was recorded in 1996 in a studio Ivry-sur-Seine, France for demos and also during several live performances in 1996 and 1997.