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OPERA/WORKS, Cityopera Graz in 7 Acts


4th Act: THE PLOT
for 6 analog tape-players, an actress, and max. 6 visitors, 7 minutes per performance



The 4th act, The Plot, is set in the Graz opera house (where else can one still find a plot?!), but revolves around the dialectic of absolute silence and of a white noise situated between a suite of times and rooms. A ten-minute installation/performance for a maximum of six visitors. Photos: Peter Manninger



          catchwords by Peter Ablinger for
          4th Act (the Plot):

          White
          the sum of all sounds
          the impossible as experience
          Experience as action (explanation: german "handlung" means "action" as well as "plot")
          Experience of nothing (everything) the listener/observer/'experiencer' as small ensemble on the stage of the opera house


A subtle sound and perception situation, an experience between white noise and the fulfilling silence of Nothing. The stage of the opera house is transformed into a white space situated between a suite of times and rooms, in which, for 10 minutes at a time, and at most, 6 visitors at a time, the visitor becomes him/herself an actor. "A hearing that transcends hearing." Text: Wolfgang Hofer, translated by Bill Dietz

          the Opera house
          a passageway situation
          not to be dwelled-on too long within
          the Work (Opera) as passageway itself


The Plot at the Opera Graz/Austria
Photo: Edgar Honetschläger


german score/script: THE PLOT / DIE HANDLUNG
pdf-file, 197KB

see also: Concert-Installations



the 7 Acts of the Cityopera - go to:
1st Act: THE SINGING
2nd Act: THE ORCHESTRA
3rd Act: THE LIBRETTO
4th Act: THE PLOT
5th Act: THE SET
6th Act: THE SEATING
7th Act: THE AUDIENCE

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this page was created by Aljoscha Hofmann. last edited 04.01.2006