The new orpheus / The seven deadly sins

The only dance piece by Bertolt Brecht is actually a mixture of dance, cantatas, and short operatic compositions that transform the Seven Deadly Sins of Christian tradition into bourgeois virtues. The linking of social rise with moral decline is made clear through seven images portraying the adaptability, the lack of principles, the susceptibility to seduction, and the strengths and weaknesses of the family daughter, Anna. Anna I and Anna II are played by two persons.

It often occurs in Asian theatre, and it was the case in Shakespeare's time, that women's roles were portrayed by men, and I find this particularly interesting.

This is the basis for the artificiality, the estrangement, and the exorbitance of the actors. Weill must have considered that the role of the mother would be sung by a bass. It is very rewarding to push this concept further in gesture, movement, and singing, and to transform it into dramatic portrayal.

Dietmar Seyffert

The new orpheus

Cantata for soprano, solo-violin and orchestra (1925)
Duration of performance: 20 minutes


Inszenierung Dietmar Seyffert
Actor „Orpheus“ Dance-laureate Gregor Seyffert
Sopran Jörg Waschinski
Solo-violin/Eurydike Birte Päplow
Set design / costumes Pavlina Kotzeva
Light design Arndt Sellentin
Settings Thomas Stein, Alp Soysal
Production management Thomas Guggi
Assistance of production Krystyna Plachetka
Choreographic assistant Heike Keller
Musical production / Soloists
Dietrich Bartsch
Artistic direction orchestra GMD Romely Pfund
Musik Composition by Kurt Weill | Text by Ivan Goll
Co-Realisation Komische Oper Berlin (D), Stadttheater Remscheid (D), Goethe-Institut Atlanta (USA), Dansens Hus Stockholm (S)


Performance rights: Universal Edition Wien, Schott International Mainz
Production: Gregor Seyffert & Compagnie in co-operation with the Bergische Symphoniker Orchestra, the State Ballet School Berlin, the school of drama "Ernst Busch" Berlin and the school of music "Hans Eisler" Berlin.
Supported by: The fonds Darstellende Künste Foundation Germany


The deadly seven sins

Ballett Chanté, original version Soprano (1933)
Duration of performance: 45 minutes

Inszenierung Dietmar Seyffert
Actress Anna I Jörg Waschinski
Actress Anna II Dancer-laureate Gregor Seyffert
The family Atrium Ensemble Berlin (Kalus-Martin Bresgott, Sebstian Lipp, Martin Schubach, Frank Schwemmer)
Dramaturgy Prof. Klaus Völker
Artistic co-operation Krystyna Plachetka
Set design Andreas Auerbach
Costumes Atif Hussein
Light design Arndt Sellentin
Settings Anrdt Sellentin, Alexander Hirche
Production management Thomas Guggi
Musikalische Einstudierung Solisten Dietrich Bartsch
Musical production/soloists Jürgen Bruns
Co-realisation Festival Düsseldorfer Altstadtherbst 2001 | Teo-Otto-Theater Remscheid / Theaterhaus Solingen


Performance rights: Universal Edition Wien, Schott International Mainz
Production: Kurt-Weill-Fests Dessau in Co-operation with Gregor Seyffert & Compagnie, Kammersymphonie Berlin orchestra and the school of drama "Ernst Busch" Berlin
Supported by: The Ernst von Siemens Foundation, The Ostdeutschen Sparkassenstiftung Foundation, LBS Ostdeutsche Landesbausparkasse AG and the Stiftung Kulturfonds Foundation