A nameless person sits on death row, awaiting his execution. He has been convicted of murder.
He has killed his own wife. But he does not understand: how did this happen? What possessed him to do this? He begins to tell his story.
The story of the black cat.
'... to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a series of mere household events. In their consequences, these events have terrified - have tortured - have destroyed me
Edgar Allan Poe, 'The Black Cat'
Three renowned artists in their respective creative fields - the Luxemburg-based theatre and film director Frank Hoffmann, Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck, and Academy Award-nominated Austrian film and multi-media artist Virgil Widrich - have created a multi-disciplinary project for music, dance and film. With a dramatic space created by Virgil Widrich, the acclaimed dancers Sylvia Camarda and Jean-Guillaume Weis perform to a soundtrack conceived by Martin Haselböck - using the unsettling music of contemporary English songwriter David Sylvian and arias from the cantatas of J.S. Bach, performed on stage by tenor and baroque ensemble - which underpins the journey into perdition and the abyss of a desperate murderers soul as embodied in Edgar Allan Poes novella.
The audience can expect an enthralling work of contrasts and extremes, from baroque ensemble
(oboe, five strings and organ) to visual multi-media, from Bach to Rock, including singing, dancing and acting.
The soundtrack incorporates additional music by Ernst Krenek, Martin Haselböck und Ülo Krigul.
A Stage Work for tenor, two dancers and Baroque ensemble based on the novella 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe
Conceived by Martin Haselböck, Frank Hoffmann and Virgil Widrich
Musical conception by Martin Haselböck featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and David Sylvian
Stage, visuals and film projections by Virgil Widrich
Théâtre National du Luxembourg, 19.11.2012
(under the name "New Angels")
Stage Work for tenor, two dancers and Baroque ensemble based on the novella 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe
Featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and David Sylvian
A co-production of Théâtre National du Luxembourg and Musikkonzept Wien
With the support of Ministère de la Culture Luxembourg Fondation Indépendance