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collective arrangements from Robert Schumann’s Lieder from: Liederkreis op.39, Frauenliebe und Leben op.42, Myrthen op. 25, Dichterliebe op 48, Liederkreis op.24
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On stage a man is completing the construction of a house. Standing at the top of a ladder, he is preparing to lay the last stone when the house collapses. All that remains is a wall on which his ladder rests.
Inside the house is a piano, now damaged. The man on the ladder tries to sing a song, but it is impossible for the pianist to accompany him. A small ensemble of musicians comes to his rescue. But it is the music itself that suffers the consequences of this collapse, it no longer exists in its original form, it has to transform by starting again from traces and memories.
The man on the ladder, with his singing, gives life to a new music, a music of ruins. With nothing left, song and music become the driving force behind the action, giving new impetus to reconstruction. The remains of the house become sound surfaces accompanying the instrumental ensemble that makes its way through the rubble. The end turns out to be the beginning.
The “lost country” is one of the main themes of Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 39. The poet, separated from his beloved or homeland as if by an impassable border, must make his way through a reinvented geography. This loss is perceived as both an abandonment and a transformation.
production Centre International de Créations Théâtrales / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord & La Sourde
coproduction Théâtre de Lorient – Centre Dramatique National; Théâtre National de Nice; Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg; Théâtre de Caen; Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest, Festival d’Avignon; Points communs nouvelle scène nationale Cergy-Pontoise / Val d’Oise; Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi; Opéra national de Lorraine; Festival d’Automne à Paris; Le Parvis – Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées; Théâtre + Cinéma Scène Nationale Grand Narbonne; Le Grand R – Scène Nationale de La Roche-sur-Yon
with the support in creation residency of la vie brève – Théâtre de l’Aquarium and the Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon
thanks to the Opéra National de Lorraine for providing elements of the costumes
performance in French with Italian surtitles
duration 180 minutes
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