FREMDE UNTER FREMDEN

An evening with the singer Dalia Schaechter at the Cologne Opera.
For several weeks, the Israeli singer Dalia Schaechter has been active as a seeker and collector of songs in her encounters with people of very different origins who are living in Cologne.
She had each of her conversation partners teach her a song from their homeland, the one that has a very special meaning for them.
During these encounters the singer was accompanied by the Viennese media artist Valerie Schaller with the camera.

The interview started with the personal story why the person left it’s country to come to live in Germany.
After the interview the song was tought and and given like a gift to Dalia Schaechter.
Valerie Schaller filmed these encounters in a discreet way and and also some processes which happended ”back stage” during this very intensive and sometimes very emotional time.

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The question of homeland and feeling at home in a foreign country was main issue of the interviews.

By the act of giving and receiving the song, an extraordinary moment arised and all the heavy and political stories were all of a sudden in the background regarding this very personal and meaningful present of sharing something in the context of music.

A thrilling and intensive jurney through many biografies, showing the cultural roots and real facts about emigration, search and integration.

Dalia Schaechter, celebrated ensemble member of the Cologne Opera and awarded the title of “Kammersängerin” (chamber singer) from Cologne, has been working side by side with her artistic companions, the actor Bert Oberdorfer, the Gürzenich orchestra member Gerhard Dierig and the pianist Jan Weigelt, for eleven years now with the simplest and most original form of music: the folk song.

Performances:  Juni 13, 21, 22, 2017, Staatenhaus, Kölner Oper

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