First day of the stage festival The Ring of the Nibelung in three lifts
Poetry by the composer
"But now it's just getting started!" promised Richard Wagner when, after completing Rhinegold, he devoted his time to the Valkyrie and the depths of his world drama’s incestuous family story that eventually leads to Götterdämmerung. Of all the parts of the Ring, the Valkyrie is least concerned with external action, but all the more with internal processes and with the incubation of ideas and longings. Fundamental consideration about the entire tetralogy is illustrated here in a very small space. Just like the plot of the entire Ring, the Valkyrie is also composed of heterogeneous elements: the twin pair Sieglinde and Siegmund’s love story and Wotan's search for a way out of the entanglements of the contracts he entered into. Instead of forcing the heterogeneity of these elements into a unity, the different worlds are to remain different. "The essence of reality", according to Wagner, lies in "infinite multiplicity". Accordingly, for the new Ring in Stuttgart not only the directorial teams change from part to part, but in the case of the Valkyrie even from act to act. That way the multi-layered processes, references of forebodings and the multifaceted richness of each act are not narrowed down to one interpretation only. In the first act, the Dutch theatre collective Hotel Modern will use miniature landscapes and figures on stage to create a live film and tell the story of the human world. In the second act, light artist Urs Schönebaum will work in the tradition of Wieland Wagner to make underlying structures visible, whilst installation artist Ulla von Brandenburg will transform the Ride of the Valkyries and the magic of fire of the third act into a stage technology’s choreography.