Kammer 1

NIRVANAS LAST

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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With

Julia Bassler, Zeynep Bozbay, Stefano Brusini, Sachiko Hara, Mareike Kirchner, Christian Löber, Benjamin Radjaipour, Damian Rebgetz, Janine Schöllhorn

Translation Songs

Ann Cotten

Arrangements an musical direction

Paul Hankinson

Horn

Stefano Brusini, Konrad Probst

Flute

Janine Schöllhorn, Isabelle Soulas

Violoncello

Katerina Giannitsioti, Mareike Kirchner

Violin

Julia Bassler, Nina Takai

At the piano

Sachiko Hara

Light design

Max Kraußmüller

Video

Amon Ritz

Stage Production

Damian Rebgetz

Stage design

Janina Sieber, Janina Sieber

Costume

Veronika Schneider

Dramaturgy

Martin Valdés-Stauber

Premiere on 24. October 2019

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