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Petruschka / L'Enfant et les sortilèges

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Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
April 10, 21 19:00, May 03, 06, 17, 25, 29, June 11, 17, 20 (at 19:30 unless shown)
Performers
Komische Oper Berlin
Gabriel FeltzConductor
Suzanne AndradeDirector
Pia LeongSet Designer
1927Costume Designer
Esme AppletonDirector
Katrin KathCostume Designer
Paul BarrittAnimation

Following the breath-taking success of the Magic Flute, which has set out from Berlin to take the whole world by storm, the British theatre group »1927« is returning to the Komische Oper Berlin – with two works which seem almost to have been written for the absolutely boundless imaginations of these image-conjurers and their astonishing combination of animation and live performances by actors ...

In Stravinsky's ballet burlesque, three puppets are brought to life by their sadistic puppet-master – the delicate ballerina, the coarse but warm-hearted muscleman and the clumsy clown Petrushka. Continuously exhibited and tortured by his master, Petrushka finally manages to escape. Yet his long-yearned-for freedom does not last long ...
By contrast, the ill-mannered and destructive child in Ravel's surreal and fantastical fantaise lyrique experiences a living nightmare when the objects maltreated by him, such as an armchair, teapot and wallpaper, come to life and set about their tormentor.

In rapid, revue-like sequence, Ravel uses richly impressionistic colours to paint an array of different characters – from the Chinese cup and hectically ticking grandfather clock to the mourning fairytale princess. With rich, traditional sounds, Stravinsky describes the colourful goings-on at the fair, finds delicate notes for his ballerina, powerful sounds for the muscleman and mercurial, clown-like melodies for the freedom-loving Petrushka. Stage, sounds, singers and acrobats meld into an experience which intoxicates all the senses.

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
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