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Philippe Quesne, Emilio Pomàrico, Klangforum Wien
DAS LIED VON DER ERDE
Music, Theatre
Location Volkstheater
Language German with German and English surtitles
Duration approx. 65 min
Prices EUR 8 / 12 / 18 / 25 / 29 / 36 / 44 / 51 / 59

There are no tickets available at the moment. Any remaining tickets are available at the evening box office.

Dates
26. June
Saturday
Time 7.30pm
 
27. June
Sunday
Time 7.30pm
 
28. June
Monday
Time 7.30pm
 
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo
© Kaupo Kikkas
  • Evening programme

    To download the evening programme, please click here.

  • Talk

    28 June, following the performance, Rote Bar
    With Philippe Quesne (Direction, Concept, Stage), Emilio Pomàrico (Conductor) and Emanuele Coccia (Philosopher)

  • Supported by

    The performances in Vienna are supported by Institut Français

The picture of empty chairs in the desert became a meaningful image for the 2020 Wiener Festwochen. Das Lied von der Erde is one of the festival’s main in-house productions and, like many others, it had to be postponed to 2021. Yet the issues it raises remain more topical than ever. Are we now able to listen more attentively to the Earth, rather than simply occupy it? With his music theatre production, French stage director and set designer Philippe Quesne explores, through Gustav Mahler’s symphonic song cycle, the connection between humankind and nature in the light of its vulnerabilities and possibilities. At the threshold between melancholy and utopia, it is the Earth that keeps our sensibility, desires, and creative capabilities alive. Quesne combines with visual poetry an intensive encounter with the very act of living to update the contemplative descriptions of nature that underlie Mahler’s composition. Originally written in a mountain village in South Tyrol in 1908, the cycle comprised of six Lieder is inspired by ancient Chinese poetry. ‘But you O man, what long life have you?’ The renowned Klangforum Wien is to perform The Song of the Earth in the chamber music version by composer Reinbert de Leeuw, who passed away in 2020. In the spirit of Schoenberg, the music in its reduced form succeeds in extracting an intimate melancholy from Mahler’s work.

  • Artistic Team

    Direction, Concept, Stage Philippe Quesne Conductor Emilio Pomàrico With music by Gustav Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde, chamber music version by Reinbert de Leeuw Ensemble Klangforum Wien Alto Christina Daletska Tenor Michael Pflumm Direction assistance Elodie Dauguet Musical assistance Gabriele Bakšytė Dramaturgy collaboration Camille Louis Light, Video collaboration Nico de Rooij Technical collaboration Marc Chevillon

  • Production

    A commission and a production by Wiener Festwochen In collaboration with Vivarium Studio Coproduction deSingel (Antwerp) With the support of Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national

    Premiere June 2021, Wiener Festwochen

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