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Funeral Blues

W.H. Auden, one of the most important poets of the twentieth century, and the composer Benjamin Britten collaborated intensely between 1932 and 1936. Even when their paths diverged, the collaborations continued. In Funeral Blues , director Olivier Fredj rediscovers the poetry of W. H. Auden, making the music of Britten an intrinsic element of the performance, while embracing the task of approaching the poetry from a theatrical perspective. "The joy of living and loving in a world in distress" is Auden's paradox, imbued with the humour and derision necessary to give his clinical approach to life just the right amount of tenderness. Fredj stages and embodies Auden's poetry; there is also a sense of something unsaid. The audience is given a chance to discover the inner workings of the author's mind by hearing his words as they are made emotional by the playfulness of cabaret songs.

The aim is to delve into the work of Auden, from the most universal to the most intimate, and to reveal Britten's mischievous side. The character who is the source of inspiration is a pianist inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee, a burlesque dancer who lived in New York with W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten. The audience observes her as she prepares herself for her show. She is in a dressing or a locker room, a feminine space that evokes a strange sense of loneliness. She is amusing, light-hearted, extravagant and fidgety. She laughs, writes, plays the piano, dances and dreams, passionately embracing a love that never existed. Internationally acclaimed Luxembourg pianist Cathy Krier performs with established bass-baritone Laurent Naouri at her side.

Text W. H. Auden
Music & Songs Benjamin Britten
Director Olivier Fredj
Set Design Philippine Ordinaire
Costume Design Frédéric Llinares
Lighting Design Nathalie Perrier With
Actor Richard Clothier
Singer Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone)
Pianist Cathy Krier Production Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Co-production Théâtre de Caen, C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du NordJeudi 18  JANVIER 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)
Dimanche 21  JANVIER 2018 à 17h00 (tickets)
Mercredi 24  JANVIER 2018 à 20h00 (tickets)

DURÉE inconnue, spectacle en création Introduction à la pièce par Monsieur Olivier Fredj une demi-heure avant chaque représentation (en français)
Adultes 20 / Jeunes 8 / Kulturpass bienvenu
Lieu: Grand Théâtre / Studio


We 24 January 2018 20:00 Horaire


Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
1 Rond-point Schuman