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FUNERAL BLUES  (the distant roll of thunder at a picnic)

Grand Theater of Luxembourg

Jan. 18, 2018

WH Auden / B. Britten

"The thought of your own death, like the  distant roll of thunder at a picnic " 

WH Auden

Auden and Britten
Auden and Britten

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Laurent Naouri
Laurent Naouri

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Gilbert Garcin
Gilbert Garcin

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Auden and Britten
Auden and Britten

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Director                           OLIVIER  FREDJ   

Design set                          PHILIPPINE ORDINARY

 

Costumes                          FREDERIC LLINARES  

Lighting design                     NATHALIE  PERRIER

B. Britten                          LAURENT NAOURI

 

WH Auden                        RICHARD CLOTHIER

 

Gypsy Rose Lee                     CATHY KRIER

My aim is to stage and embody Auden's poetry, focussing on staging absence.

Stage the absence. Stage what isn't there.

The poetic work of Auden that I have chosen  to stage is one of absence.

Of absence, yet at the same time desire.

Of absence in the quest for satisfaction.

Of absence in loss.

Of absence and the playful impatience  that it provokes.

Of absence and the heavy-hearted waiting  it entails.

Of absence and of disappearing.

Of absence and of the unsaid,  The Unspoken.

Unspoken love, love we hide,  Platonic love shared between the young 

poet and the composer.  Hidden behind the witty use of words and the swinging accents of jazzy music.

Representing this absence, its emotion  and its humanity is the key to the scenic  representation that we are proposing.

Representing the absence and the lack of  the other. A duet, staged without a partner.

Immersing the audience in this absence, this  loss, too. Letting them hear without seeing,  letting them guess - even hope - that these  two monologues will finally find each other.

Giving the audience a chance to 'read' the  inner workings of this author's mind by  hearing his words. Making emotional the playful music of the Cabaret Songs.

Inviting them to shudder at the universal  threat of absence, loss and death, looming in  the background at every moment - like  'the sound of distant thunder at a picnic'.

Tell Me The Truth About Love - Cabaret songs - B. Britten / W.H Auden
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Funeral Blues - Cabaret songs - B. Britten / W.H Auden
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Johnny - Cabaret songs - B. Britten / W.H Auden
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ON THIS ISLAND

- NOW THE LEAVES ARE FALLING FAST

- NIGHT

- AS IT IS, PLENTY

FISH IN THE UNRUFFLED LAKES

- TO LIE FLAT ON THE BACK

-  THE SUN SHINES DOWN- 

- WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?

- UNDERNEATH THE ABJECT WILLOW

CABARET SONGS

- TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE

- FUNERAL BLUES

- JOHNNY

- CALYPSO

WHEN YOU'RE FEELING LIKE

EXPRESSING YOUR AFFECTION

Funeral Blues - the Missing Cabaret

Funeral Blues - the Missing Cabaret

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