On that night or day when he sat at his
table, head in his hands, he saw himself get up and leave. First
get up, clinging the table. Then sit. Then get up again, clinging
the table. Then leave. Starting to leave.
(Beckett: Stirrings Still)
Fremd bin ich eingezogen,
Fremd zieh’ ich wieder aus.
(Wilhelm Müller: Winterreisse)
photo: Marco Borggreve
Muziektheater De Helling has thrown itself
into Winterreise, Schuberts famous song cycle, written in 1827.
Schubert’s - Winterreise by De Helling is a musical
research project, where Schubert’s work is looked at from
a pre-existential angle.
Exploiting the theatrical possibilities of the cycle, mezzo soprano
Gerrie de Vries and pianist Ellen Corver recognise the fact that
Schubert’s Winterreise constituted an important
source of inspiration for the Irish poet and writer Samuel Beckett.
The project focuses on how to combine elements of Beckett’s
unique universe, composed of tragicomic characters as Estragon
and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, of works based on
very elementary and often futile acts, of replaying the same tape
over and over again, with Schubert’s romantic lyrics, where
futility is just as oppressive as we find it in the last song
of Winterreise, Der Leierman.
This question is the starting point of a project where Winterreise is approached as the first modern song cycle. Not modern, as ‘of
today’, but modern in the existential meaning of the word:
in Winterreise Schubert presents us Man as a fundamentally
lonely creature, without God to fall back on. Schubert, as predecessor
of Nietzsche, Sartre en Beckett.
Music: Franz Schubert
Arrangement, composition & dramaturgy: Klaas de Vries
Scenography & video installation: Kees Hin
Video: Jurjen Alkema
de Vries (voice), Ellen Corver (piano)
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