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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

MEET FRED
THE 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

           

Le Rossignol is our first full puppet opera directed by our Artistic Director Mark Down. It premiered at the the Bregenz Festival in 2014. The lead role was played by Soprano Kathryn Lewek with all the other characters played by Dada-ist inspired puppets and sung from the side of the stage.

Mark describes it as "Stravinsky meets Alice in Wonderland".

It featured seven singers and 11 puppeteers from ‘The Magic Flute’ (performed on the Festival’s famous lake stage in the same year) with a fabulous cast of new life sized puppets. The music director was Gérard Korsten, leading the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra. It was shown as part of a Family Opera double bill with 'L'hirondelle Inattendue'.

Reviews....

Le Rosignol (1917) is firstly notable for the fine and delicate music of Stravinsky, a piece carved out of gold with its colours and its magical and poetic atmosphere.
In Bregenz, the ingenious and subtle direction of Mark Down was a success across the board, making this show a delight. The chorus stood stage left while the soloists were seated stage right. Centre stage were the puppeteers who, using puppets and a wide variety of accessories, tell the story in a simple and understated way whilst very touching and naive, and not without a sense of humour, doing perfect justice to the tale that inspired the music of Stravinsky. Only the singer playing Rossignol was among the puppeteers: Kathryn Lewek offered a magnificent performance, both theatrically and vocally, with perfectly controlled voice and nuanced singing.
Concerto Net - Original Review (in French)

 

In Igor Stravinsky's "Le Rossignol" (The Nightingale) charmed Markdown and his team with extraordinary puppetry...

Kathryn Lewek plays the nightingale with graceful body language and silvery coloratura.

Lewek is one of three singers who play the Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute" in the main piece on the Floating Stage. The other, smaller roles in the ensemble derived from the occupation of the Mozart opera. Here as there, the stunning puppetry of Markdown and his team: how he characterizes with the reduction to individual limbs the mighty emperor, the fat cook or the excited Chamberlain, is a great Cubist theatrical illusion.
Schwaebische
- Original Review (in German)

 

Le Rossignol
 

PICTURES

Bregenz Festival Site

For interest in reviving this production, please contact Stephanie, Executive Producer on stephanie@blindsummit or 020 7272 9020

CREATIVE TEAM
Music Director - Gerard Korsten
Director and Puppet Designer
- Mark Down
Set and Costume Design - Claudia Raab
Puppet Co-designer - Ruth Paton
Lighting Designer- Erwin Jutz
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra

PUPPETEERS
Valentin Alfery
Martin Angerbauer
Laura Caldow
Fiona Clift
Sean Garratt
Steve McCourt
Mariona Naudin
Alejandra Prieto
Eugenijus Segejevas
Matt Short
Jake Waring
Tobias Weishaupt

SINGERS
The Nightingale - Kathryn Lewek
The Chef - Magdalena Anna Hofmann
Death - Katrin Wundsam
The Fisherman - Rainer Trost
The Emperor - Markus Brück
The Chamberlain - Maximilian Krummen

The Bonze - Walter Fink

Puppet Makers:
Billie Achilleos, Nick Barnes, Mark Down
Helen Foan, Jo Lakin, Ruth Paton

 

 
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