Velkomsttale ved kulturattaché Sibylle Osten-Vaa i anledning af operaforestillingen "Overtaci - crazy, queer & loveable" i Aarhus den 9. maj 2017forstør billede Operaforestillingen "Overtaci - crazy, queer & loveable" (© Museum Ovartaci)
Kære Mia Lejsted,
liebe Tanja Langer and Mitwirkende der Atonale Berlin e.V,
mine damer og herrer,
Ovartaci not only was a significant visual artist. He also was a listening/hearing artist. We know, that he heard voices, not only in the Danish language. Indeed, according to the first scene of the opera fragment we are about to listen to, he even understood the animals of the jungle. His boundless phantasy thus did not only find its powerful expression in the world of images. It repeatedly also migrated into the world of language, of sounds, of voices.
Ovartaci thus himself anticipated, what the Ovartaci Museum has now in an examplarly way put into effect together with the author and moderator Tanja Langer and the German composer collective , Atonale Berlin: a fascinating, synaesthetic project. With other words a transmigrational „opera- art work“, that transcends the boundaries of painting, poetry and music, and at the same brings all those art forms together.
Today`s concert is an important first milestone of a unique artistic German-Danish project that examines the artist and patient Ovartaci. A project, that was conceived in Heidelberg, when works of Ovartaci were exposed at the Sammlung Prinzhorn, the German pendant to the Ovartaci Museum. A project that – with great success- was first performed in fragments at the Staatsoper Berlin earlier this year, and now here in Aarhus, the EU culture capital of 2017. A project that will eventually result in a fully fledged „Overtaci Opera“, to be completed within the next year and to which we all can look forward to. I would like to congratulate the Ovartaci Museum, Tanja Langer and all involved composers and performing guests of the Berliner Atonale e.V. on this inspiring opera project and on behalf of the German Embassy thank you very much for this successful German-Danish cooperation.