FIASKO is a trans-European opera installation that ties in with the tradition of opera and transforms it into a contemporary, open form. Based on the metaphor of voice loss and against the backdrop of current European conflicts, the K.A.U. directing team set out on a journey of discovery.&Wdowik, the composer Wojtek Blecharz and the cameraman Dino Osmanovic on a cinematic journey to the easternmost border of Europe: from Germany via the bay of Gdańsk to Kaliningrad, they encountered echoing forms of expression of local traditions – such as a traditional costume group performing circle dances on the grounds of a former ammunition factory, the buzzing of Polish farmers’ wives plucking their down or hunting horn blowers* and bagpipers with impressive wind instruments. The artists* combine their encounters with people, musical styles and stories in impressive pictures. The musical material of the traditional groups in the film combines Blecharz with alienated reminiscences from the classical opera repertoire and their own compositions.
As an installation, the genre of opera is not only robbed of its prima donna, but also of its stage, auditorium, choir and orchestra. What remains are ruins and apocalyptic soundscapes in front of which an accordionist, a flutist and a countertenor live search for a common sound language. If one understands opera as a traditional, European cultural form, which expresses crises and catastrophes in a common act of strength, FIASKO is at the same time a swan song to the European work and its rebirth!