National anthems are love songs dedicated to the nation, people’s hymns and bloody war songs. They tell of a romantic love that always also implies the bloodshed of others, of those who are not part of this “community of fate.” Today, national anthems appear as relics of the European 18th and 19th century. Nationality is, in a sense, a call to sing the national anthem. In Germany, there’s something rotten about it—for the melody of the German national anthem is inextricably linked to the National Socialist regime. Thus, history resonates as an auditory trauma every time the anthem is sung.
The music theater “LOVESONG” deconstructs the German national anthem as an acoustic monument, shifts it in harmonic terms, superimposes it on and interweaves it with contemporary pop music, baroque trombones and electronic songs. An evening that risks being heavy on the pathos and that dismantles the hymn to such an extent that hollow emotions don’t stand a chance.
A musical-choreographic play with identity and appropriation (…). LOVESONG reflects (…) the odd constellation of open society plus post-Nazism with which we live so naturally.
(Cornelia Fiedler, nachtkritik)
Concept, Music, Scenography: Daniel Dominguez Teruel
Voice: Mona Steinwidder, Nouri
Zinc: Lilli Pätzold
Baroque trombone: Alexandra Mikheeva, Dalton Harris, Sabine Gassner
Electric guitar: Homero Alonso Langbein
Flags: Hans Konrad, Felix Schlaich, Lisa Schlaich, Gerhard Schlaich, Supervision: Ines Schlaich
Pigeon: Mia Hadžikadunić, Daniel Dominguez Teruel
Artistic Assistance, Styling: Golo Pauleit
Dramaturgical Advice: Adnan Softić
Technical Direction, lighting technology: Florian Vitez
Sound Engineering: Benjamin Kurz
Rehearsal choir: Eva Spaeth
A production by Daniel Dominguez Teruel in co-production with Hauptsache Frei Festival Hamburg. Supported by the Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg, the Fonds für Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung and the revival and guest performance funding of the Dachverband freie darstellende Künste Hamburg, on behalf of the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien. Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.