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(EINE) WINTERREISE is a dialogue between Schubert's work and contemporary experiences of confinement. A meeting point between the stage, musical aesthetics and closed environments (carceral and psychiatric). A journey through a blank landscape where bodies and voices seek to inscribe themselves.
World Premiere: 20 April 2024 - Saint-Omer, France
Events details and tickets are available here.
(EINE) WINTERREISE grew out of workshops held in Belgian prisons by Sarah Théry, and the desire felt by some detainees to re-visit the classical repertoire from their own perspective: create bridges between librettos and their own lives, and insert their own electro music word within the acoustic classical music.
Through out a 2 years journey, leading them in 3 countries, 4 penitenciary units and 2 psychiatric hospitals, the COLLECTIF MEUTE proposes a large scale scenic project with more than a 100 participants.
(EINE) WINTERREISE is an innovative choral rendering of one of the piece that resonnated the most with the participants, Schubert's Winterreise.
By setting up a dialogue between Schubert's composition and amplified improvised music and by confronting Wilhelm Müller's text with contemporary experiences of confinement, an new dramatugy emerges. A dramaturgy that takes into consideration today's societal challenges and mobilise the various dimensions of opera: music,narrative/libretto, stage direction, scenography, costumes, lighting...
On stage, five musicians interpret this choral re-composition. Between classical and contemporary music, this object-performance of 1½ hours duration incorporates the audio testimonies and compositions of the participants.
By means of an immersive stage production devised by Claire Pasquier and the visual artist Joanie Lemercier, the public will be both spectator and participator in what happens on stage: the mental and physical confinement of a narrator caught in an infinite loop of past and present.
(EINE) WINTERREISE is committed to an artistic practice which seeks to expand its public while drawing it into the creation process. This involves collaborating, co-creating and composing together at every stage.
(EINE) WINTERREISE gives power back to the participants, inviting them to co-create, co-construct and collaborate on a total art work (Gesamtkunstwerk) which will echo their reality.
Restoring a voice to people who, through their confinement, are left out of the public debate
(EINE) WINTERREISE is a dialogue between the stage and secure institutions, both psychiatric and carceral. It proposes a programme of creation and collaboration with inmates and patients through the creation of a contemporary dramaturgy of confinement; a parallel version of the narrator's wanderings. The standard progression through workshop, rehearsal and performance is jettisoned in favour of a meshing of trajectories.
Returning the power of creation to people rendered fragile by their experiences
A creative voyage for people with disabilities, racialised people, and those living in precarity, all of whom find themselves under confinement or semi-confinement, at the margins of society. To grasp the specifics of the milieu, the artists work at the same location for several weeks at a time.The aim is to build confidence with the participants so that the co-creation can unfold within a closed environment.
Collaborating with the partners throughout the creation
The creative itinerary is designed together with the partner institutions -the psychiatric units and penitentiary centres. Their specialised knowledge and familiarity with the participants make it possible to tailor the programme to the specific conditions. The professional staff from these institutions will be invited to participate in the workshops, opening up transformative spaces in the carer/patient and guard/detainee relationships. This participation will underwrite the long-term cohesion between their institutions and the local cultural actors and institutions.
Opéra de Lille
Ministère de la Culture France
Ministère de la Justice France
Ville de Lille
MEL - Métropole Européenne de Lille
Britten Pears Arts