Songs by Franz Schubert
Conceived and directed by Matthew Lutton
Original text by Tom Holloway
Choreography by Chrissie Parrott
Composition and Sound Design by Kelly Ryall
Lighting design by Paul Jackson
Music supervisor Iain Grandage
Performed by Paul Capsis, James O’Hara, George Shevtsov and Alister Spence
State Theatre Centre Studio
19 - 30 April, 2011
|George Shevtsov and Paul Capsis in Die Winterreise|
If Matthew Lutton’s notable extrapolation from Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise has a flaw, it’s incidental to the piece he and his creative team and performers present on stage at the STC Studio.
I strongly advise you not to read the director’s programme notes or the advance publicity for the show. I think they create misleading impressions or, at the very least, limit your ability to immerse yourself in the work and let your mind be provoked by its powerful imagery and sensory stimulations.
If that means your understanding of the story Lutton is telling is different from his intention, that’s not a failure on your part, or his. Rather, it’s a demonstration of the power of the imagination – the artists’ and yours – to draw a limitless range of conclusions from the same material. And somewhere in that universal yet singular process is the genesis of art.