The Wandering


Ken Shakin, composer
Brina Stinehelfer, director
Tim Roeloffs, art director
Tim Roeloffs, set & props
Txus Parras, animation
Anita Greschak, costumes
Tilman Agueras, light & video

Opera Ivre:

Donna Lee, soprano
Shahram Yazdani, tenor
DaRell Haynes, baritone
Sabia Kahn, performer
Udo Wiegand, performer
Sarah McKee, performer
Ken Shakin, music director


Konzept & Künstlerische Leitung
Brina Stinehelfer / Per Aspera 

Konzept & Dokumentation
Nihad Nino Pušija / fotofabrika 

Künstlerische Entwicklung
Hamze Bytyci / Roma Trial 

2018 / Theater in the Delphi


The Wandering, as stream-of-consciousness opera,  takes its libretto directly from the text of Ulysses by extracting and assembling sentences and phrases into pieces of a puzzle to express the themes of the book and the opera, as Joyce did with the Odyssey, the Bible, and all the literature and language referenced to create his story of one day wandering the streets of Dublin. With the same irreverence is Ulysses transformed into a walking tone-poem on the migration of the human being through life in search of meaning. The cast is a Greek chorus of refugees from the modern and ancient world, all in need of love and shelter, each wandering the audience, performing in their own world. Together they are the Wandering Rocks, the phrase taken from the book, as is every single word of the opera, down to the title.