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Philippe Quesne, Emilio Pomàrico, Klangforum Wien
Theatre, Music
Language: German with English surtitles
10. Jun
Time: 7.30pm
11. Jun
Time: 7.30pm
12. Jun
Time: 7.30pm
© Kaupo Kikkas

    Listening to the Earth? In the post-human future imagined by Philippe Quesne in Farm Fatale, birdsong is available only as an audio track. For Das Lied von der Erde, a new staging here in its world premiere, the French stage director and set designer expounds his thoughts on the Anthropocene. Through Gustav Mahler’s symphonic song cycle, Philippe Quesne allows us to grasp the future of the planet. A powerful visual staging updates the melancholy descriptions of nature. Originally written by Mahler in a mountain village in South Tyrol in 1908, the six-movement composition is inspired by ancient Chinese poetry. ‘What do I hear on waking? Hark! A bird sings in the tree.’ The renowned Klangforum Wien is to perform The Song of the Earth in the chamber orchestra version by Arnold Schönberg and Rainer Riehn. The musical reduction underscores the explosive force of the climaxes in Mahler’s score and transforms dissonances into forms of resistance against extinction. In Quesne’s production, the theme of leave-taking in the dominant final movement becomes the starting point for new utopias …

    • Artistic Team

      Conductor Emilio Pomàrico Direction, Concept, Stage Philippe Quesne Direction Assitant Gabriele Bakšytė Stage Assistant Elodie Dauguet Dramaturgy Collaboration Camille Louis Lights Collaboration Thomas Laigle With music by Gustav Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde, Chamber orchestra version by Arnold Schönberg completed by Rainer Riehn Singing Orchestra Klangforum Wien / Vera Fischer (flutes), Markus Deuter (oboe, cor anglais), Olivier Vivarès (clarinets), Lorelei Dowling (bassoon), Christoph Walder (french horn), Joonas Ahonen (piano), Florian Müller (pump organ, celesta), Lukas Schiske (percussion), Björn Wilker (percussion), Sophie Schafleitner (violin), Gunde Jäch-Micko (violin), Francesca Piccioni (viola), Benedikt Leitner (cello), Szymon Marciniak (double bass) Alto Christina Daletska Tenor Michael Pflumm

    • Production

      A commission by Wiener Festwochen Coproduction Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national

      Premiere 2021

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