La Ronde | Franui | Regina Fritsch, recitation | Sven-Eric Bechtolf, recitation

Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde as a ‘dramma per musica’: Together with two actors (Burgtheater stars Regina Fritsch and Sven-Eric Bechtolf for German stages), Franui clads each of the play’s ten scenes into new musical cloth. The Parlor Maid holds hands with Gustav Mahler. The Husband leads the Little Miss into the chambre séparée to the tinkling of Erik Satie. The Poet’s effusions are accompanied by John Cage. Giuseppe Verdi wafts in the air around the marital bed: memories of their honeymoon in Italy. And at every moment that two lovers’ passion is consumed, which Schnitzler pithily suggests with an ellipsis, there’s plenty of room for (more) music. Text and music interact in ever new ways with each other. The musicians and the actors sit on twelve chairs for a program that’s itself caught in the middle: Neither concert nor recitation, not play nor opera or even audio drama, it yet contains a bit of all of these formats.

Credits

Credits

Music

Inspired by Gustav Mahler, John Cage, Franz Schubert, Erik Satie, Giuseppe Verdi et al


Text

Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde

Trailer of the program

Trailer of the program

Trailer


Press reviews

Press reviews

Kronen Zeitung

“Fabulously pulled off, thanks to actors Regina Fritsch and Sven-Eric Bechtolf as well as the incomparable Musicbanda Franui!”

Der Westallgäuer

“The creative Tyrolian ensemble Franui, along with two primo actors, turn Arthur Schnitzler’s racy little shocker into an evening of pure delight. They need neither set nor props to create indelible images.”

Vorarlberger Nachrichten

“When musical quality (Franui) meets theatrical quality (Bechtolf & Fritsch), you end up with a rightly enthused audience. Trademark Franui!”

nmz

“Fritsch and Bechtolf made it an absolute joy to indulge in Schnitzler’s linguistic virtuosity; to listen in on all manner of sexual relations: from rough-and-tumble prostitution to sweetest blarney. Franui, meanwhile, was ingenious. All there was left to be done: cheers and exultations!”

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