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Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography


a salon on the most important elixir of life on the occasion of the restaging of Rusalka

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography


a salon on the most important elixir of life on the occasion of the restaging of Rusalka


January 09, 2023, 7:30 p.m.


Komische Oper
Behrenstraße 55-57,
10117 Berlin

Tickets via Komische Oper Berlin.

For humans and their bodies, in fact for the entire earth and its survival, there is hardly a more important element than water. Up to 60 percent of our body is made up of water. Not just for planet Earth but other planets as well, water is a gift of the cosmos, full of mysteries. Ice, for example, can be hot – or black. What other knowledge does the element hide?

Does water even have a memory? Can our body be distinguished from the element of water? Do es one have to change one’s vantage point to realize that it is water that holds our world together and surrounds it – and that humans are only part of the water? On stage, water is mostly a problem. This is why it is all the more fascinating when used as a stage prop. Transformed into music, it has been a source of inspiration for composers throughout the centuries.

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The guests 

Heike Vesper is a marine biologist and has been involved in ocean conservation at WWF for almost 25 years, since 2011 as head of the WWF International Centre for Marine Conservation. She is responsible for the strategy of the Oceans Program, focusing on international ocean policy, conservation of important marine habitats, sustainable fisheries, and plastic waste reduction for healthy oceans. She and her 25-member team work at national, EU and international policy levels and are directly involved in marine conservation, fisheries and plastic reduction projects in more than 15 countries. Heike Vesper has been a member of the German Decade Committee for the UN Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development since October 2020.


Ina Dietzsch is Professor of European Ethnology/Cultural Studies at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. Her work focuses on knowledge anthropology, public science, digitalization, and nature(s)-culture(s) relations with a special emphasis on water. She studied at Humboldt University and received her PhD in 2000 on personal correspondence during the German division. For many years, Ina Dietzsch has worked in an interdisciplinary way, using feminist theory as well as multimodal and collaborative methods. At the University of Basel, she habilitated on the anthropology of publics in 2015 and has since worked on research projects on digital agriculture in Switzerland and on the participatory nature of images in urban development processes.




This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners: Komische Oper

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