MTTW 2023 / FROM GLASSES OF HEAVEN, (c) Elodie Grethen


A scenic meditation for clarinet in Bb solo about hope and destruction - by Tanja Elisa Glinsner


In Glinsner's VON GLÄSERNEN HIMMELSSCHERBEN, Vienna's WUK becomes the setting for the story of a working-class woman who embarks on a surreal journey via the discovery of a clarinet. Maria searches for a higher purpose, for a way to escape her reality - moved by the music, she decides to build a ladder that reaches to the heavens.

The factory is abandoned and time seems to stand still. Railway tracks were once built on this site. The rails are now damaged, the machines destroyed, and the factory worker Maria is the last survivor. Although everything around her is in ruins, she continues to work tirelessly.

In this factory, clarinet sounds are welded with poetic words. All vocal expressions - from every sigh to every scream - are based on the poem "Man is Dead" by Claire Goll. It becomes Mary's only way to express herself, as well as to perceive and "explore" her own oppressive existence. In this post-apocalyptic world, where repair work never ends, the question arises as to how and whether we humans still have time for spiritual experiences and to what extent these can find a place in our future.

A production of the Verein für interdisziplinäre Künste in co-production with MUSIKTHEATERTAGE WIEN and WUK performing arts.

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  • Credits

Composition: Tanja Elisa Glinsner | Directed by: Azelia Opak |Stage and costume design: Felix Huber | Project management: Julia Neuwirth |Performance, Clarinet: Barbara Maria Neu|
Funded by:
MA7 Department of Culture of the City of Vienna, Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport; National Fund Austria, SKE austromechana


Tanja Elisa Glinsner (AT) / Barbara Maria Neu (AT) / Azelia Opak (AT)


WUK Project Space
Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna
  • Preis: € 25 Full / € 15 Reduced / € 10 CARE / Available at WUK Kombiticket
  • Sprache: German