2nd Nov 21 / Die Winterreise – First Time in San Sebastian

Since its presentation in 2019, the show Winterreise (Winter Journey) by Albanian choreographer Angelin Preljocaj has been a huge success in major European theaters. Music and dance come together in a journey into the heart of this heartbreaking story.

  • The choreography of Angelin Preljocaj is based on the Schuberten Lieder of the same title, which will be performed live by baritone Thomas Tatzl and pianist James Vaughan.

On Tuesday, November 2, Ballet Preljocaj, a company created in 1984 by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, will be presented in San Sebastian with the show Winterreise . This ballet for 12 dancers, which premiered in 2019, is based on Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise (Winter Journey) Lieder cycle and poems by Wilhelm Müller to represent a journey through life.

In the words of Angelin Preljocaj, the Winterreise choreography “follows images reminiscent of Wilhelm Müller’s poems, romantic impressionism, and the emotions and feelings he conveys. A long-running suicide, that’s the dramatic-choreographic basis. Someone who wants to commit suicide embarks on a winter journey: everyone he sees and encounters along the way leads him to that end, driven by lost love. The lone traveler is not played by a particular dancer. On the contrary, the changing aspects of his character and the way he approaches others are expressed through a number of solo dancers, couples or performers at the same time ”. For Preljocaj, in choreographies based on chamber music, Winterreisein this case, a special complicity arises between the dancers, the musicians and the audience, “a magic triangle, so to speak”.

In her choreographic work, Angelin Preljocaj draws from a variety of sources of inspiration and collaborates with artists from different fields: music (Goran Vejvoda, Air, Laurent Garnier, Granular Synthesis, Karlheinz Stockhausen), visual arts (Claude Lévêque, Subodh Gupta, Adel Abdessemed), design (Constance Guisset), fashion (Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, Igor Chapurin), drawing (Enki Bilal) and literature (Pascal Quignard, Laurent Mauvignier)… Preljocaj productions make up the repertoire of many companies, many of which they demand original productions, especially La Scala from Milan, the New York Ballet and the Paris National Opera Ballet. In fact, WinterreiseHe commissioned La Scala in Milan to collaborate with the Montpellier Dance Festival and Les Théatres – Grand Théâtre en Provence. Demonstrating the company’s lively activity, in addition to the Winterreise ballet that will be on display at the Liceona in Barcelona after its presentation at the Kursaal Stage, Le Ballet Preljocaj / Center Chorégraphique National will tour in November with Swan Lake (St. Petersburg and Moscow ), Deleuze / Hendrix , the latest production . La Ciotat, France) and Gravité (Sénart, France).

These concert tickets can be purchased at the Kursaal at the box office, and this website (which is only authorized to sell tickets online).

Tuesday, November

Angelin Preljocaj , choreography
Thomas Tatzl , baritone
James Vaughan , piano
music by Franz Schubert

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