Photos by Mylene Siegers
Four young people depart in a train. They try to guess their destination.
Geo chats with his Aunt on Skype.
The discussion draws a parallel between nowadays civilization and the Atlantis myth. What are the similarities? Is our end near?
The others reflect on the mentioned topics: war, love, individual and global changes. Strange things start to happen, they have weird feelings and hallucinations.
From time to time they sing Chorals in old german: these are the Gods,
gathering to decide if humanity is repeating Atlantis' mistakes and to make decision. Gradually the Aunt reveals herself: she is an Angel, the messenger of the Gods.
She tells them their destination: their mission is to convince the Gods:
"Humanity is worth it, it deserves more patience."
The Final Choral is interrupted by the youngsters' attempts.
They each try to convince with singing - a solo vocal cadenza, the text of which is written by the singers of the respective roles.
The question stays opened; the epilogue ends with another question mirroring the prologue ('God plays with his Creation'):
- Everything floated out of him, how come it is still all closed in his lap?
SINKING - Sztojanov's opera premiered by the DNOA