accentus, L'Ange Russe
week-end at la seine musicale
RUSSIAN ISLAND :
1h30 without an interval
Concert in Russian with French subtitles
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom(extracts)
Rodion Shchedrin composed his nine-movement cantata, The Russian Angel, to commemorate the millennium of Russia’s conversion to Christianity. His aim was to follow in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff by writing a major religious work, for which he borrowed the title of a highly popular Russian novel by Nikolaï Leskov.
Referencing the Russian Orthodox liturgical tradition, but with the addition of atonal passages, new rhythms and forms of expression, Shchedrin unravels his musical originality. He also uses a solo instrument (banned from traditional liturgical music), the flute, both to provide accompaniment and to embody a character in the drama, that of the spirit of God in angelic form.
Lars Scheibner’s choreography is based on a strong central idea: the path of human life is subjected to both external an internal forces, a cycle of violence punctuated by moments of remorse, expiation and hope. The music engages a dialogue with dance, and singers in motion, sometimes collectively as a single body, sometimes in different directions, thereby creating new structures.
20 May 2017 - 20h30
La Seine Musicale (from 5 to 25€)