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  • WHEN /

    20 - 31 Jul

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2011

Die Winterreise

// 'Our civilization's greatest poem of existential estrangement and isolation' – The New Yorker

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  • WHEN /

    20 - 31 Jul

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Haunted by his earlier selves, an aging man drifts through a darkening landscape. Ahead is disappointment and behind, the wind erases any trace of footprints. Must he rekindle his passions to go on, or must he - must we all - abandon dreaming?

In 1827 Schubert composed a genre defining song cycle of a lovelorn wanderer; in 2011 director Matthew Lutton explores, with stunning modern sensibility, its eternal themes of loneliness and acceptance, journeying from sweltering Australian suburbia to Schubert's frosted snowscapes.

Exquisite one moment, unsettling the next, Lutton's re-imagining of Die Winterreise unites creative forms of dance, music, theatre and design. With earthy humour and melancholic fragility the legendary Paul Capsis, dancer James O'Hara and actor George Shevstov carry us across the ages of man towards something that may not be salvation, but might resemble something like grace.

'I never cease to marvel at [Matthew Lutton's] sense of theatricality and his ability to work magic with sound, light effects and performances.'

- THE POST (WA)

'Whether swooning with soul, or belting it out like a bruise, Capsis' turbo-powered voice makes each tune his own.'

- THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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Featuring songs by / Franz Schubert 
Conceived & Directed by / Matthew Lutton 
Original Text by / Tom Holloway 
Choreographer / Chrissie Parrott 
Set & Costume Designer / Adam Gardnir 
Performed by / Paul Capsis, James O'Hara, George Shevtsov, Alister Spen

Original Composition & Sound Design / Kelly Ryall 
Additional Arrangements & Composition / Alister Spence 
Lighting Designer / Paul Jackson 
Music Supervisor / Iain Grandage 
Besen Family Artist Program (Stage Management) / Jessica Smithett

Key image photography / Garth Oriander