The Fifth Cardinal Direction

Music theater production, Premiered on 15.11.2017 at National Opera Hanoi

Along with projects from Klaus Lang/Sabine Maier, Peter Jakober/Paul Wenninger, the music theater composition of duo Siedl/Cao – „ The fifth cardinal direction“ is selected by  curator culture manager Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Thomas Desi from MTTW’18 and Guy Coolen from Muziektheater Transparant to be presented at Operadagen Rotterdam on the 24th of May 2018 and at Musiktheatertagen Vienna on the 16. June 2018

Composers: Gregor Siedl & Cao Thanh Lan,

Performers: Nguyễn Kim Oanh – voice, Cao Thanh Lan – Synthesizer, Daxophone, live-Elektronics, Gregor Siedl – clarinet, Tăm lay, live-Elektronics, Gamecalls, Lữ Mạnh Cường – percussion

The Fifth Cardinal Direction can be found in ancient Asian-, Native American- and Indo-European cultures and represents the center, the here and now, the inner self. Based on this knowledge, this composition is an introspective journey to the inner self and its transformations during a person’s lifetime: birth, maturity, love, work and creation, (self)destruction and re-birth. 

The two composers have been inspired by symbolism, rituals and music of North Vietnam’s ethnic minorities and are expanding their artistic language with contemporary means of expression.