The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa joins forces with the Royal New Zealand Ballet to perform Igor Stravinsky’s mesmerising The Soldier’s Tale in a tour around the country from 24 February.
Written during the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic, Stravinsky designed The Soldier’s Tale to be easily toured and performed in even small locations. He included speech, mime and dance beside music written for a distinctive assortment of instruments and inspired by popular music of the period, including tango and ragtime.
For the tour, the NZSO and RNZB will be joined by accomplished actors Peter Hayden (as narrator), Sepelini Mua’au (the soldier) and Sophie Hambleton (the Devil). The production will be directed by Sara Brodie, an accomplished director and choreographer in New Zealand and overseas. Her work spans multiple disciplines including theatre, dance, opera, and interdisciplinary productions.
NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich says The Soldier’s Tale holds a unique place in classical music.
“The music is often performed without the stage acting and dancing, as the music is so good it easily stands up on its own. Personally, it was the very first piece of music I conducted in concert, many years ago.
“To now have the staging as well, with top director Sara Brodie, and Shaun James Kelly from the RNZB, is a dream come true.”
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