Seppi, the child who did not stop growing
World premiere in Graz as part of the La Strada Festival, 27.07. – 04.08.2018.
Libretto: Fiston Mwanza Mujila, artistic direction/composition/music: Patrick Dunst, directed by: Verena Kiegerl
Here, modern opera comes into being – in the streets, in public places, far away from elites that operate in closed spaces, up close and captivating. Jazz musicians interact with baroque singers, classical lines are distorted by electronic effects.
The tale of the child who refuses to stop growing tells the story of a society that is becoming increasingly alienated, excludes otherness, and is over-saturated by consumption. The narrator and author, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, both sides with the innocent boy who reflects the greed of his environment and at the same time presents him as an absurd, all-consuming monster. A story that could be set anywhere in the world, as the author from the Democratic Republic of Congo and former Graz City Writer in Residence stresses.
Unaccompanied minor refugees play the part of a uniform consumer society – the boundaries between exploiters and exploitees are blurred.