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Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Let It Rip!

Salon about Invisible Forces in Physics and Onstage

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Let It Rip!

Salon about Invisible Forces in Physics and Onstage


January 07, 2019, 7:30–9:30 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57
10117 Berlin

Tickets for €12 / €8 (reduced) are available via the ticket service of the Komische Oper Berlin.

Onstage energy and physical energy seem to be two different phenomena. Or is stage energy more than a metaphor, after all? What does it consist of exactly? What connects it with its cognate in physics? How can we even grasp these two immaterial phenomena? And why do we use the notion of energy almost exclusively in discourses of economizing (waste of energy vs. saving energy)? May notions such as “chi,” “ki,” or “prana” help us reveal the secret of energy?

These questions will be discussed during a salon evening entitled “Let It Rip!” by Prof. Dr. Barbara Gronau (professor of theater studies at the Berlin University of the Arts) and Prof. Dr. Klaus Lips (experimental physician at FU Berlin, research on renewable energies). The evening will be moderated by Ulrich Lenz and Rainer Simon. Musical accompaniment will be provided by singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin.

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Barbara Gronau is Professor of Theater Theory and History at the Berlin University of the Arts and spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts.” Her research and publications focus on interfaces of art and theater, theories of agency and performance, and epistemologies of aesthetics. In addition, Barbara Gronau has served as a dramaturg on various theater productions and has curated theater festivals.


Klaus Lips is a professor for Experimental Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin and researches renewable energies, with a focus on photovoltaics. He heads a department for materials research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, using new analytical methods. Recently, he built the EMIL infrastructure at the Berlin-based synchrotron BESSY II, whose highly brilliant radiation allows insights into the thin layer of modern solar cells, which is only a few atoms thin, thus making it possible to observe the cells’ process of generating electricity.



This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

Komische Oper Berlin
Gegenbauer Facility Management

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