Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Project
31 July, 1, 2 and 3 August at 08:00 p.m.
Co-production with the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
In German with English surtitles
Miloš Lolić, Director
Jelena Miletić, Costumes
Sabine Kohlstedt, Sets
Nevena Glušica, Composition
Almut Wagner, Dramaturgy
With Jonas Anders, Katharina Schmidt, Irene Kugler, Daniel Christensen, Rainer Galke, Markus Danzeisen, Jakob Ernst, Frank Seppeler and Christian Ehrich.
8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 August at 07:00 p.m.
Co-production with the Salzburg Mozarteum University,
Department of Acting, Direction, Stage Design
Hans-Werner Kroesinger, Director
Christoph Lepschy, David Tushingham, Dramaturgy
With Alexander L. Bauer, Valentin Baumeister, Peter Blum, Anna Brandstätter, Sophia Burtscher, Sergej Czepurnyi, Eric Droin, Martin Esser, Sylvia I. Häring, Kathrin Herm, Ludwig Hohl, Wolf Danny Homann, Sascha Thomas Koch, Adrienne Lejko, Niklas Maienschein, Cornelia Maschner, Maria Moser, Dominik Puhl, Dejana Radosavljevic, Vassilissa Reznikoff, Simon Rußig, David Schnaegelberger, Rebecca Seidel, Nina Steils, Caner Sunar, Alexander Tröger, Jana Vetten, Elisabeth Wegener, Anna Zadra
11, 13, 14 and 16 August at 08:00 p.m.
Guest performance Little Bulb Theatre
Co-production of the Little Bulb Theatre with the Battersea Arts Centre
Little Bulb Theatre are produced by Farnham Maltings
Alexander Scott, Director
Dominic Conway, Musical Direction
Liz Moreton, Producer
Mary Drummond, Design
Ed Clarke, Sound Design
Phil Bentley, Lighting
Max Humphries, Masks and Puppets
With Clare Beresford, Dominic Conway, Miriam Gould, Charlie Penn, Tom Penn, Eugenie Pastor, Alexander Scott, Shamira Turner
15, 17, 18, 20 and 24 August at 08:00 p.m.
Work commissioned by the Salzburg Festival
In German with English surtitles
Nicolas Charaux, Director
Gerhard Fischer, Lighting
David Lipp, Sound Design
With Paul Herwig
Untitled (Et In Arcadia Ego) – Image detail, © Robert Longo
DOSSIER | YOUNG DIRECTORS PROJECT
The scene is Paris during the 1930s. A time when the worst is presumed to be over; a time for love, a time for music, a time for exuberant, life-affirming harmony. But in the midst of this state of hard-earned joy, of freshly-discovered passion , death returns to carry off the most beautiful and alluring of human creatures. Maybe there are worse times to come? Or is there a possibility that someone claimed by death can be redeemed?
Untitled (Eric B), © Robert Longo
We are in a run-down cabaret theatre. Euridyce, played by the chanteuse Yvette Papin, has been abducted and taken to the underworld. Orpheus, played by our guitar hero Django Reinhardt, sets off on an epic journey to save her. It’s not hard to tell that the story we are being told is fictitious - and yet the music the actors are playing is real and so are the feelings this evokes.
It’s possible to describe Little Bulb as a company of actors who all play musical instruments or as a group of musicians who all act. Their appearance in this year’s Salzburg Festival theatre programme follows on from our previous music /theatre crossover productions Meine Bienen. Eine Schneise and Ein Sommernachtstraum, albeit on this occasion within the context of the Young Directors Project. In the words of director Alex Scott, Orpheus “is a beautiful story, one we’ve discovered has been told in so many forms. It’s a story about why people make music and its strange and mysterious power to change things.”
Orpheus is part play, part concert, both driven forward by the thumping rhythms of live jazz and it finds a warm and highly engaging form in which to address a number of questions which also occur elsewhere in this season’s programme: questions of love, of loss, and of how to behave in the face of death.
Little Bulb Theatre was formed in 2008, when its members graduated from the University of Kent. Their first show Crocosmia won three awards at that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Orpheus is their largest and most complex show to date.