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

Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg

18 janvier 2018

W.H Auden / B. Britten

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

W.H. Auden

Director                                                                   OLIVIER FREDJ

   

Set design                                                                      PHILIPPINE ORDINAIRE

 

Costumes                                                    FREDERIC LLINARES 

Lighting design                                                                                      NATHALIE PERRIER

B. Britten                                                         LAURENT NAOURI

 

W.H. Auden                                                                                 NN

 

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

– NOCTURNE

- 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

© 2017 Olivier Fredj