R.U.R. - Rossum‘s Universal Robots

  • Neue Musik / Komponierte Musik
  • Musiktheater / Oper
  • Elektronische / Elektroakustische Musik
  • Klangkunst / Sound Art
  • Performance

gamut inc‘s robot opera

Thu, 02.05.2024, 20:00 - 21:15 | Theater im Delphi

© Marion Wörle

A blueprint for a number of 20th century science fictions and the origin of the term robot: Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. is one of the first literary texts to deal with the extinction of humanity. It still reflects current topics such as economic and ecological catastrophes as well as human hybris.

A century after the premiere, gamut inc / Marion Wörle and Maciej Śledziecki (composition+staging), Gerog A. Bochow (countertenor), Gina May Walter (soprano), Ruben Reniers (dancer+choreographer), Patric Schott (actor), the RIAS Chamber (choir of the humans and the robots) and German Book Prize-winning librettist Frank Witzel are bringing an updated version to the stage as music theater.

Čapek’s brother created the neologism “robot” for the work. The famous science fiction author Isaac Asimov called “R.U.R.” the “worst important play of its time”. The new version transforms the themes of the original into a grotesque world in which intermediate beings made up of people and objects move through live electronic soundscapes, complex light choreographies and optical illusions. They are incessantly pursued by the mass of people and robots, which the RIAS Kammerchor brings to life as video projections in Orson Welles’ film noir aesthetic.

"The ensemble gamut inc has rediscovered the piece and brought it to the stage as a grandiose retro-futuristic opera."
WDR Westart


gamut inc / Marion Wörle und Maciej Śledziecki

  • RIAS Kammerchor | Chor der Menschen und der Roboter
  • Gina May Walter | Sopran
  • Georg A. Bochow | Countertenor
  • Patric Schott | Schauspieler
  • Ruben Reniers | Tänzer und Choreograf
  • Frank Witzel | Libretto
  • Nina Rhode | Bühne, Automatisierte Scheiben
  • Carla Szerbinski, Clara Franke | Kostüm
  • Britta Rehm | Maske
  • Antonio Pulli | Klangregie
  • Anne Luft, Anja Simon | Filmaufnahmen
  • Marion Wörle und Maciej Śledziecki | Komposition, Inszenierung, Licht und Live-Elektronik


  • Thu, 02.05.2024, 20:00 - 21:15
  • Break: keine Pause
  • 15€ / 10€
  • Buy tickets online
  • Contact ticket pre-order: Tickets über Reservix und an der Abendkasse

Contact and funding

Die Wiederaufnahme von R.U.R. 2024 wird gefördert durch den Hauptstadtkulturfonds.