Songs on Death of Children
foto: Peter Fröhlich
Songs on Dead of Children / Kindertotenlieder is a theater project analyzing the relationship between a parent and his child. It deals with the change of the child in its development. The theater project analyzes what it means to lose innocence, purity, immediacy, selflessness. How in a child, the process of growth, maturation and a sense of perfection are accelerated by his own parents. Aren’t the parents‘ desires projected onto the child too soon? Can a person keep his purity? Only a disease preserves a human purity; a person who knows no intrigues – is a little boy with a mental disability like that? Will he/ she still be an innocent child’s soul? The production connects the eponymous work of Gustav Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder with the real world of two little peers (7-year-old Zoja and an autistic Felix). Mahler’s transcendent songs are in this project not a sad scenes. They are the departure of children’s souls and their transformation. They do not mean death. They are a change and a loss of what fascinates us most about children – their purity.
In the project, a five songs become a five images of parents‘ interaction with their own children. Dancer Renata Ptačin and her daughter Zoja create a suggestive model in which they explore the limits overcome by the desire of a little dancer, musician and actress. Felix, an autistic boy, arrives to continue the analysis of what childhood happiness and its gradual transformation means. What does mean his happiness and his mother’s joy…
Premiere: 5. 6. 2023 / 19:30_Terén: Pole perfomrativního umění, Brno
18. 6. 2023 / 17:00_Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava
27. 6. 2023 / 19:00_Divadlo X10, Prague
1. 9. 2023 / 17:00_Malý Berlín, Trnava, Festival Fokuspokus
New version: Ich habe genug /
It is enough
foto: Peter Fröhlich
Ich habe genug / It is enough is a theatre project that aims to contribute to the discussion of equality and tolerance. In the production, the Bach’s cantata in connection with Hermann Hesse’s lyrics becomes an insight into the experience of a homosexually oriented person. Is Bach’s work an apparent aesthetic splendor that remains only a form to cover up doubts, fears or mistrust? Is this timeless music just an empty prayer that represents only the composer’s mastery? Can the viewer experience a new quality of contemplation and, by listening deeply in the presence of a real, affected person, open himself to an understanding of human difference and the desire for a better being?
Next performance: 13. 9. 2023, Štúdio12, Bratislava
CD: Das war ich / Bol som to ja
foto: Jakub Gulyas, design: Matej Lacko
„Das war ich / Bol som to ja“ is based on the title of Schubert’s song. It is a confession, identification with one’s own identity – of one’s authentic being. The aim of this recording is not a vocal exhibition through well-known works. This dramaturgical concept brings a new perception of classical song through the confrontation of musical and philosophical statements that connect the inner message of self-acceptance and self-discovery of a man. As a vocal performer and at the same time a multimedia artist, Peter Mazalán works in his projects with various disadvantaged groups of people – people with autism spectrum disorder, seniors, LGBTI. This CD is thus a continuation of his activities, which shift the classical interpretive tendencies of vocal art.
Album release: June 2022
Die Krähe D 911
Erlkönig D 328