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Die ersten Menschen

Kyle Ketelsen Adahm | Leigh Melrose Kajin | Annette Dasch Chawa | John Osborn Chabel
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
François-Xavier Roth

In “Die ersten Menschen” (The first humans), the Bible story of the fratricide of Kajin (Cain) and Chabel (Abel) is presented from a different perspective. In the context of the first family on earth, Adahm (Adam) is concerned with cultivating the land, while Chawa (Eve) longs for the spring of her life and the younger, more passionate Adahm. Sons Kajin and Chabel have very different views on life. While Chabel is devoted to God and religious life, Kajin feels united with nature, and is in search of sensual satisfaction and ‘das wilde, wilde Weib’ (‘the wild, wild woman’). As night falls, Chawa – blinded by the moonlight and unfulfilled erotic desires – recognises a younger Adahm in the form of her own son Chabel. Kajin watches as his mother – for whom, in addition to familial love, he also harbours erotic feelings – approaches his brother as her lost child hood love. It is Kajin’s erotic desire for his own mother, rather than the lack of recognition from God, that eventually drive him to murder his little brother Chabel. After the fratricide, Kajin disappears into the wilderness, and Chawa and Adahm stay behind; united and looking to the future they face a new time for humanity.


Rudi Stephan: Die ersten Menschen


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104 mins
Sarah Derendinger
Dutch National Opera & ARTE
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