“Collision is ahead of us. The end of the world is near.”
Collision is an irreverent cabaret-opera which started life in 1928 as a Dada-esque libretto by avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. With a strange Green Globe on course to collide with Earth, panic is rife on the streets of Berlin. Between the broadcasting station and the church, the action swings from hyperactive farce to nihilistic satire until the citizens of Berlin find themselves at the airport for the final curtain.
Part absurdist science-fiction and part sultry cabaret, Collision was Schwitters' first and only foray into the opera world, and it was never realised during his lifetime. 90 years on, Spectra Ensemble recreates Collision as a fully-staged 'comic opera in banalities' set to new cabaret and jazz-influenced music by Lewis Coenen-Rowe, and with a set inspired by Schwitters' own brand of collage art.