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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
MEET FRED
LITTLE MATCH GIRL
CITIZEN PUPPET
LE ROSSIGNOL
THE PUPPET MONOLOGUES
THE MAGIC FLUTE
THE HEADS
THE TABLE
PAPER STORY
BE SAFE - NIGEL MOUND
OLYMPICS
MASTER & MARGARITA
KOMMILITONEN!
EL GATO CON BOTAS
A DOG'S HEART
THE OTHER SEDER
CALL OF THE WILD
TESTING PANACEA
1984
ORIGINS
ARHAT TAMING THE DRAGON
HIS DARK MATERIALS
SHUNKIN
ON EMOTION
FAERIES
MADAM BUTTERFLY
LOW LIFE
CHEREVICHKI
A PUPPET IN THE WORKS
MARTIN'S WEDDING
PIRATE PUPPETRY
THE SPACEMAN
TRAMPING THE BOARDS
MR CHINA'S SON

           

US Premiere
Spoleto Festival, Charleston USA

29 May - 4 June 2016

Hans Christian Andersen’s sobering tale depicts a poor girl on a snowy street, lighting matches for a few seconds of fleeting warmth in her final hour. In his opera, avantgarde composer Helmut Lachenmann explores the girl’s last moments as she gazes into the dreams and memories conjured by the flames. Co-Directors Phelim McDermott of award-winning improvised theater makers Improbable, and Mark Down of master-puppeteers Blind Summit Theatre cast extraordinary shadows to make a show that almost isn’t there, lit by the light of a match and performed at the speed of scissors. Elevated on a platform and encircling the audience, 106 members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra perform this astonishingly evocative score, full of clicks, crackles, knocks, and hisses, under the baton of Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy. Lachenmann departs from traditional performance techniques in order to create a frigid atmosphere—a nearly meteorological effect—both animating the match girl’s world and contemplating the coldness of a society that would let a child freeze.

 

 

 

 

Little Match Girl
 

Spoleto Festival Site

Music and Libretto by Helmut Lachenmann
Conducted
by John Kennedy
Directed by Mark Down & Phelim McDermott

Presented by the Spoleto Fesitval

In collaboration with Blind Summit & Improbable

WITH
Westminster Choir
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra


 

 
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