Ein Kurt Weill Liederabend
How does it feel to never get anywhere completely?
To never really land as a person and artist?
Dauerten wir unendlich
So wandelte sich alles
Da wir aber endlich sind
Bleibt vieles beim alten
Bertolt Brecht, etwa 1955
A 30-year-old man leaves his homeland in a hurry and never wants to return… Which road did he take and who did he meet along the way? What does it mean to start again somewhere? How much effort does it take to build a network as an artist and then have to do it again? What does it do to a person to go from poor to rich to poor to rich and at the same time not know if your loved ones are still alive?
Kurt Weill, a Jewish composer from Dessau, whose professional life can be divided into two phases: he had a glorious career in Germany and was one of the pioneers of the Golden Age of Musical in America. While his German work mainly consisted of socially critical repertoire with a truly European style of composition, he rooted his music in the sounds of popular American music and stood on the eve of the birth of the Broadway musical.
To complement the two productions Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny & Lady in the dark, the Théâtres de la Ville present this Kurt Weill Liederabend to show his path & music from Berlin to Broadway.