Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Burt Turrido. An Opera


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This sounds promising: «A man lost and drowning at sea is rescued by a mysterious and beautiful woman, possibly a phantom or a mermaid, who escorts him to an island ruled by a despotic King and Queen. They name their newly discovered castaway Burt Turrido, and make him their slave, and – when he proves too inept at that – their prisoner. But this is an opera, and the drama doesn't stop there – there's yet to come still a cataclysmic storm, an immaculate pregnancy, a murder, a love triangle, a mock execution, a birth, an alien invasion and kidnapping, and we promise you it's not over until someone finally gets impaled on a narwhal tusk.»

So much for the synopsis of «Burt Turrido. An Opera» by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma. The narwhal eventually shows up – after three whole hours. Aficionados of this New York company also know: Apart from the duration, this folk-music-opera has very little in common with the traditional art form of opera. «Burt Turrido» is a Wild West-style ride which often escapes the cliff of cliché within a whisker. The directorial duo Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska unabashedly dismantle the genre's traditional structures and forms in order to reassemble the pieces with passion, humour and courageous risk-taking. (esc)

Artistic direction and cast

Text & LeitungKelly Copper, Pavol Liska
MitGabel Eiben, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Bence Mezei, Kadence Neill
MusikRobert M. Johanson
Bühne & LichtLuka Curk
KostümdesignAnna Sünkel
Dramaturgie Künstlerhaus MousonturmMarcus Dross
Dramaturgie Schauspiel FrankfurtKatja Herlemann
TontechnikLeon Curk
Produktionsmanagerin Künstlerhaus MousonturmAnne Kleiner
Setdesign-Assistentin für Luka CurkNastja Miheljak
Setdesign-Assistentin Schauspiel FrankfurtHanna Marlene Schnell
ÜbertitelungUlrich Blumenbach (deutsche Übersetzung), Dòra Kapusta (Operator)
FotoJessica Schäfer


ProduktionKünstlerhaus Mousonturm, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Nature Theater of Oklahoma
KoproduktionArctic Arts Festival, Athens Epidaurus Festival, Espoo City Theatre, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts & Society, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Wiener Festwochen, Zürcher Theater Spektakel
DistributionSomething Great
KomissionFrankfurter Positionen 2021, eine Initiative der BHF-Bank Foundation
FinanzierungKulturstiftung des Bundes (Deutschland), Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege im Rahmen der Projektreihe UNLIMITED II zur Förderung exemplarischer Positionen zeitgenössischer Performing Arts


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Theatre, absurd folk opera



3:45 hrs., including a break




German, English

An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair with subtitle with inductive hearing loop

Sound inductively amplified

Safety Concept

For this event, a COVID certificate is necessary. Please present your ID or passport along with your COVID certificate at the entrance. There is also an obligation to wear masks. See here for more information about your visit to the Theater Spektakel

Book presentation

Sun 5 September, 16.30 hrs. at the Workshop-Zelt


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