Winterreise / Franz Schubert – Elfriede Jelinek
Premiere: 20. 2. 2020 / Štúdio 12, Bratislava / Length: 60 minutes
Reprise: 11. 8. 2020 / Viva Musica Festival
Concept, Director, Opera singer: Peter Mazalan (baritone)
Peter Pažický (piano) / Annamária Janeková, Jana Oľhová (performers) / Fero Király (sound shape) / Ján Ptačin (light design) / Simona Vachálková (costume design)
With the financial support of: Fond na podporu umenia / Slovak Arts Council
This production blends Franz Schubert’s song cycle, Elfriede Jelinek’s eponymous play, and opera singer and intermedia artist Peter Mazalán’s interest in themes of autism and neurodiversity. The protagonist is an individual on the margins of society, a vagrant adrift in the mist of his own existence and fond of escaping into other worlds who finds refuge in art and music. Ultimately, music, a powerful vocal performance, theme and visual concept amalgamate in an unusual genre-defying production that subordinates narrative to impression and atmosphere.
(text: International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra)