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Up Close and Personal (2018)

A centrifugal operetta solo with Daniel Gloger



»It is such a pleasure for me, to able to show you a glimpse of my life, behind the curtain, so to speak.«

- Daniel Gloger

In this accelerating musical theatre, the audience is invited inside the chic atelier of singer, performer and Kunstliebhaber, Daniel Gloger, for an intimate and behind-the-scenes evening with a singular artistic voice. With welcome drink in hand, we meet a confident and successful individual, clearly living a comfortable life in style.

Friendly at first, the protagonist and the situation start gradually to fragment, as it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Subtly the narrative starts to jump-cut between different moments in Daniel Gloger's day, from mundane domestic tasks to unsettling dialogues with a smart speaker; from personal anecdotes about life as an opera singer to esoteric sermons on solfeggio tones and their relation to the musical mathematical matrix of creation.

As time goes by and the jumps get more frequent and more extreme, it becomes clear that something is controlling our host from the outside. Are the pressures to perform well, to be always on the move, to be healthy, proving too much for him? Are we witnessing somebody in the midst of an unfolding crisis? Will he manage, despite the mounting external pressures, to maintain his cool and be ready in time for his next big entrance onto the stage? As he spirals with increasing speed through moments of intimacy, comedy, irony, loneliness, honesty, vanity, confusion and ecstasy, the many facets of Daniel Gloger are revealed, whether or not he likes it. And so we get to meet the man himself, behind the curtain, so to speak. Up close and personal. For what is free will, after all, if not an illusion? Are we really the masters of our thoughts and decisions, or are we not in fact inextricably bound to circumstances beyond our control, over which we have little say?



Lynfabrikken, Vestergade 49, 8000 Aarhus C
May 9 & 10 at 21:30
Duration: 75 minutes


Ticket price: (Standard) 130 Kr., (Young people under 30) 80 kroner.
Note that you get a 25 % discount if you buy three tickets or more for SPOR festival.

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Concept, Music, Text, Staging: Kaj Duncan David & Troels Primdahl
Performed by and created with: Daniel Gloger
Technical direction: Michael Kunitsch
Fashion design: Radu Baias

A co-production by:
Münchener Biennale
Musik der Jahrhunderte

Special thanks to:
Penelope Wehrli, Bernadette Sonnenbichler

Supported by Kulturstiftung der Bundes, Goethe-Institut Dänemark, Aarhus Kommunes Musikpulje og Statens Kunstfond