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Three Times Seven Poems from Albert Giraud‘s
by Arnold Schönberg
Directed by Bruce LaBruce & conducted by Premil Petrovic.
Dramaturgy by Laura Berman.
Starring Susanne Sachsse & Luizo Vega.
Art direction by item idem & costume design by Zaldy.
Premiere on March 6th, also showing from March 08th to 10th.
06.03.2011 / 19.30 UHRHEBBEL AM UFER – HAU 1Stresemannstr. 29 / 10963 BerlinBerlin, Germany
08.03.2011 / 19.30 UHR
09.03.2011 / 19.30 UHR
10.03.2011 / 19.30 UHR
The character of Pierrot goes back to 16th century commedia dell’arte. In the course of time Pierrot first changed from an insensible rogue to an ingenious, but tormented figure that is buried in its bizarre inner world, then to a daydreaming character, prone to boredom and violence, effeminate, in love and insane. In 1911 the actress Albertine Zehme asked the composer Arnold Schönberg to set to music part of the Pierrot Lunaire-poems by the Belgian Albert Giraud: For five musicians and a female singer Schönberg arranged 21 of the approximately 50 poems to become one of his ground-breaking works for music theatre.
The concept for the production by Bruce LaBruce (with Susanne Sachsse as Pierrot) is grounded in Schönberg’s understanding of cabaret like Grand Guignol and Chat Noir in Paris. The latter’s vision of Pierrot Lunairetook him to a dreamworld, full of “decadent longing, guilt, rapture and fear”, endowed with horror scenarios and the ironical-satiric humour of Grand Guignol.
“While I listened to the music of Arnold Schönberg I tried to associate a concept that would match well with the mood of his atonal music on the one hand, and on the other hand could be combined with the poems byAlbert Giraud in a more contemporary context. From the jungle of thoughts of my unconscious rose a story that is supposed to have happened decades ago in Toronto, and that is both odd and universal (the Oedipus- and castration-complex are obvious). This story can even stand its ground next to the tragedies of the old Greeks or those of Shakespeare. A young girl that regularly dresses as a boy (just think of ‘As you like it’ or ‘The Merchant of Venice’) falls in love and seduces a young girl that has no clue that her lover has the same sex. When the girl introduces ‘her boyfriend’ to her father he becomes skeptical and unmasks the fraud. Even though, strangely, the feelings of the girl persist without shifting, the father does not allow them to ever see the other again. Furious and delusional the ‘boy’ develops an adventurous plan to prove his true ‘masculinity’ to the father of his lover.” (Bruce LaBruce)*
With Maria Ivanenko, Boris Lisowski, & Krishna Kumar Krishnan.
Jana Ackun (piano), Raphael Christ (violin), Miguel Pérez Iñesta (clarinet), Chloé L’Abbé (flute), Andreas Voss (cello).
In co-production with HAU, sponsored with funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.*