HAYY – A Self-Taught Musical
"Don't get lost in isolation! Teach yourself how to be!"
nüans: The Story of Hayy
“Human communication is a series of alternating displays of behavior by sensitive, scheming, second-guessing, social animals.“
"HAYY – A Self-Taught Musical" is based on Ibn-Tufail´s novel "Hayy ibn Yaqzhan / The Self-Taught Philosopher" – a classic of medieval Islamic philosophy, which had a significant influence on Arabic, Persian and European literature. Hayy, is a boy raised by a doe on an uninhabited island. After his “mother´s” death he learns by himself all about craft, medicine, science, philosophy and faith via observation, contemplation, and exploration. From 2012 – 2014 nüans was working on a translation of the basic ideas of the book into the interdisciplinary structure of a musical – a composition of text, music and performance to reproduce, displace and celebrate in new contexts.
Idea: Elmar Hermann, Anna Heidenhain, Maki Umehara
Camera / Edit: Alexander Basile
Art Direction / Costumes / Video: Hugo Schneider
Choreographie: Rita McBride
Music: sub-tle and others
Based on the Novel “Der Philosoph als Autodidakt” von Ibn Tufail
Cast: David-Marlo Conrads, Elke Kania, Karolina Thorwarth, Micheal Maurissens, Bambi, Andy Slemenda, Antje Feger& Benjamin Stumpf, David Bernstein, Carlotta Werner, Christian Wieser, Claudia Barth, Glen Rubsamen, Hiroyuki Masuyama,, Hishiko Yamane, Hüseyin Karakaya, Janosch Pugnahi,Joni Waka, Maiko Sugano, Matthis Bacht, Miki Hoei, Naoki Matsushita, Olof Jönsson, Yoshimi Kanbayashi
As a result the artist book comes with a USB stick including a compilation of videos in five different chapters and an introduction by the omniscient: