Nirvana delivered much more than the sound of a generation with its grunge music. They expressed a desperate will to live. Don’t be down – be angry! Whether they wanted it or not, their loud protest, of all things, became mainstream in the music industry. Consequently, bassist Krist Novoselić yelled “Grunge is dead” at the concert on March 1, 1994 in the former airport in Riem. The Munich concert was the band’s last public appearance. After the concert all further European dates were cancelled. One month later, on April 5, 1994, after being discharged from rehab, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington.
Damian Rebgetz takes up the songs of Nirvana’s last concert. As a re-enactment, “Nirvanas Last” examines what it means to play their concert again, 25 years after the band’s last performance. How could the anti-capitalist counterculture that made Nirvana so successful become the new mainstream? What does it mean to bring the former youth-protest culture to Kammer 1 of the Münchner Kammerspiele? The show’s musical arrangements by Paul Hankinson result in a variety of genres between art song and grunge. The song lyrics from Nirvana’s last concert were translated into German for the performance by Ann Cotten.
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