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The Suitcase/Der Koffer

Date, location, and tickets

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
at 8:00 PM

An die Musik
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


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Event Information

THE SUITCASE/DER KOFFERa new music theatre performance exploring instability, cultural roots, and life somewhere in between…
Ljiljana Jovanović: Concept and Music
Juanita Rockwell: Direction and Text
Allison Campbell: Scenography and Puppets
Chris Roberts: Mezzo Soprano
Duo Crveno: Georg Wissel, alto saxophone and Dušica Cajlan-Wissel, piano

In this multilingual music theatre work, a woman finds a suitcase filled with history, memories, and the remnants of a life in movement.

When composer Ljiljana Jovanović left her home in Belgrade to study music in Germany, her father’s suitcase in hand, she never imagined a journey through eight countries on three continents, as her country fragmented and neighbors became enemies. Twenty-seven years later, an unprecedented 70 million people have been forced from their homes, worldwide – over half of them, children. This work seeks connections among the journeys of those losing, finding, and reinventing what “home” might mean.

Neither concert, nor opera, nor play, nor performance art, The Suitcase/Der Koffer is influenced by all these forms, as three performers present objects, documents, events and images from the lives of the displaced, real and imagined. The composition includes sung and spoken text, improvisation and sound exploration through prepared alto sax and extended piano techniques, and the live performance is layered with prerecorded sound material – including the voices of children in many languages, bringing us fragments of other stories, other suitcases. 

Jovanović’s New Music Theatre projects, chamber music, texts, site specific soundscapes, installations and sound designs have been performed and recorded throughout Europe, Canada and the US.

Juanita Rockwell, writer and director of over one hundred plays, operas and multidisciplinary performance projects on five continents, was founding director of Towson University’s experimentally-focused MFA in Theatre Program.

Visit our website to learn more about the creators, story, and music:

October 15th, 2019 at 8:15PM (free of charge)
Towson University

October 18th, 2019 at 7:30PM (free of charge)
REP Stage: Monteabaro Recital Hall
Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 210447

October 22nd, 2019 at 6:30PM and 8:00PM ($10 & $15)*
An die Musik LIVE!
409 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
*Advance Tickets: Credit Cards; At the door: Cash or Check Only

October 23rd, 2019 at 10:40AM (free of charge)
Georgetown Day School: High School Campus,Drama Room 119 
4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016

United Nations Day:October 24th, 2019 at 12:40PM (free of charge)
Howard University: Childers Recital Hall
Department of Music College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Fine Arts
2455 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059