Global Rheingold is a tribute to Richard Wagner with a nod to the cartographer Gerhard Mercator, who lived in Duisburg from 1552 until his death in 1594 and where he created the main part of his life’s work. At the same time, the show includes the Concordias’s giant figure of industry and in particular the mining tradition of the Ruhr Basin. Global Rheingold opened the Cultural Capital of Duisburg.
The four parts of “Global Rheingold” are the four elements: water, fire, air and earth. The first part begins with music from Wagner’s “Rheingold” and the song of Undine. The second part opens the vessel and from its inside emerge fire and vapor, the figure of a giant talks about the invention of the steam engine. At the same time miners crawl out of a cave. In addition, they rise to the air when the song reaches its climax. The core of the forth part, the “Earth”, is a composition dedicated to Gerhard Mercator by Ali N.Askin. At the end, Naumon disappears in a great display of fireworks.
Carlus Padrissa & Roland Olbeter
HÃ©ctor AgustÃ Capdevila.
Carlus Padrissa, Carlos Paz, Zamira Pasceri.