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Everyone is interconnected today through social media. Everyone tries to stop time and to hold on to the present moment. Does this make us melancholic? This is the central question in Melancholia by director Sebastian Nübling, choreographer Ives Thuwis and early music specialist Andrea Marcon. After last year’s Der Untergang der Nibelungen, Nübling returns to the festival with a group of talented young performers, musicians of the La Cetra Barockorchester and singers, including the acclaimed countertenor Tim Mead. They create a delicate music theatre performance about the melancholy of youth and the realisation that human life is finite. The hypnotic lamentations of the old masters of melancholia, including Dowland and Monteverdi, resonate in the thoughts and sounds of today, conveying inner suffering at its most beautiful.