As part of the celebrations surrounding the 250th birthday of Caspar David Friedrich, a special tribute will take place together with Richard Wagner.
Nothing less than a little slice of heaven awaits the inclined guests in the venerable Richard Wagner sites of Graupa in the anniversary year. On historic grounds, the renowned Richard Wagner Games will send the greatest artists of their time into an unprecedented art competition from 6 to 9 June 2024: the grand master of opera, cult composer Richard Wagner, enters the studio of painter Caspar David Friedrich at night and demands: "Paint me!" Sparks fly in this fictional contest of the arts, in which there is only one winner at the end - the audience!
Two outstanding artists, a fantastic landscape and a bitter rivalry: these are the ingredients for the multimedia production "A Piece of Heaven. Once I'm eternal." by Johannes Gärtner, which is entirely in the tradition of Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk. An extraordinary encounter of art and nature at the gateway to Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland, in the footsteps of the Romanticists in the moonlight of the summer nights, along the "Poet-Musician-Painter Path" with its unique panoramas. This spectacle appeals to all the senses and is presented by a renowned ensemble of music, song and drama.
With Richard Wagner and Caspar David Friedrich, the geniuses of two generations and arts meet in a dream world removed from the earthly. Together, the two protagonists venture forward to the mythical places of their passion, up the river of time to the hidden sources of their inspiration. Following the unforgettable motifs of a merging landscape, their journey takes them to the darkest abysses of the soul and up to hitherto unknown spiritual heights, a unique panorama of romance to behold on a hike through the most romantic landscape in Europe.
The performance of the two matadors competing against each other opens up a new perspective on the supposed artist solitaires. They were much more alike than they thought and possibly that is why they argue so pointedly. A philosophical-comedic dialogue with lots of music about the relationship between the arts, about the ownership and shaping of the world, about the hierarchy of nature and art and about travelling itself, which was perceived as an experience for the first time in the Romantic period. At the same time, highly topical themes are negotiated: the question of the audience's attention in times of constantly increasing impressions, the question of the value and effect of art and human creativity in general - and thus, of course, the universal question of the possibility of a meaningful life.
The music for this production was written by the Dresden composer Johannes Wulff-Woesten after pictures by Caspar David Friedrich. The memorable spectacle is to be performed from 6 to 9 June 2024 on the grounds of the Richard Wagner Sites Graupa. The public dress rehearsal is to take place on Thursday, 5 June 2024.