In a mix of nightmare and zany, over-the-top satire, director Barrie Kosky stages tap-dancing noses, moving rickshaw tables and cartoonishly hyperbolic protagonists with gaudy costumes, somewhere between folklore and historicism, in a cool space that feels claustrophobic, despite its size. The surrealistic story of the small-minded upstart Platon Kuzmich Kovalev and his fear of loss and paranoia becomes an absurd, revue-like kaleidoscope of vanities, a disturbing mixture of Wozzeck and Alice in Wonderland, with its very own »senseless« logic.
1 h 50 min, no break
Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55
Tickets at the box office
12 – 94 €