Petruschka Igor Strawinsky
Following the cult production of Mozart’s ‘Zauberflöte’, which received worldwide acclaim and thrilled audiences in both Düsseldorf and Duisburg, this new encounter with the theatre company 1927 (Suzanne Andrade, Esme Appleton and Paul Barritt) presents two works which appear to be made for the unbounded imagination of these British stage magicians and their unique combination of animation and live performance. Both pieces originated in Paris during the early 20th century.
Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Petrushka’ plunges its audience directly into the hectic activity of a fairground in which a rather sinister-seeming showman presents three puppets and brings them to life by magic: the delicate acrobat Ptitschka, the coarse but good-natured strongman Patap and the accident-prone clown Petrushka. Continually put on display and tormented by their sadistic master, all three yearn for freedom, but only Petrushka manages to escape. Carried away with a new sense of vitality he throws himself into the hurly-burly of the fairground. However, his freedom will not last long…
Stravinsky’s burlesque, which is familiar as a ballet and concert piece, is narrated here with a combination of animation and acrobats in the style of Cirque du Soleil, featuring tightrope walkers, trapeze artists and acrobatic clowns that appear to defy the laws of nature. A fusion of stage action, animation, sound and performers into a giant live action cartoon with music.
Burlesque in four scenes (1947)