Die Geschichte vom Soldaten
This September sees the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s "Histoire du soldat", an ambiguous play against the backdrop of the First World War: On the one hand, it seems to be the folksy tale of a seemingly innocent military deserter who makes a deal with the devil, and subsequently falling of time in the wake of the deal. On the other hand, the play negotiates timeless truths on the stage of a devastating war… Berlin-based Sicilian singer and composer Etta Scollo takes on the role of a "Cuntastorie", a Sicilian storyteller. She adds another layer to Stravinsky's musical theater by utilizing so-called "Pupi", traditional Sicilian stick puppets. Scollo's declamatory art style is rounded off with verbal intermezzi in Sicilian dialect. Musical director Stanley Dodds - member of the Berlin Philharmonic and chief conductor of the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra - and director Atif Hussein, members of the Karajan-Academy at the Berlin Philharmonic and renowned puppeteers, all help shape this poetic and dense production of Stravinsky's rarely performed work. Mimmo Paladino, representative of the Italian Transavantguardia, is in charge of stage equipment.