FERMATA

Fermata is a co-production by Det Andet Teater and Roy Hart Theatre, with an international cast of 11 performers and singers. Based on the life stories and works of artist Charlotte Salomon and voice teacher Alfred Wolfsohn – two European destinies.

 

Written and directed by Barbara Simonsen, music and vocal compositions by Laila Skovmand, stage and light design by Alli Stefansson.

 

Fermata is the story of artist Charlotte Salomon and voice teacher Alfred Wolfsohn, two German Jews who met in Berlin for a brief period just before the outbreak of the war. Salomon fled to the south of France where she created the personal visual and musical epos Life – or Theatre? based on her own life story. Wolfsohn went to London where he developed his pioneering work of expressive voice training – the Human Voice – a work that was later carried on by the Roy Hart Theatre.

 

Fermata tells the story of this extraordinary meeting and its consequences, using a full range of voices, music, visual images, dramatic dialogue and video projections of Salomon’s paintings as well as documentary videos.

 

World premiere April 2010: Granhøj Dans, Aarhus.

 

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Through the eyes of both we see the story from different angles as their paths cross. Both decide, in the face of the sufferings of a world war, to go through a journey to the underworld of destruction and pain to rediscover their lost soul and become a self again.

 

The personal journeys of Wolfsohn and Salomon have left us a compelling legacy of the 20th century that we must try to grasp – of two European destinies and their answers to the question of what a human being is, and could be.

 

Works from Life – or Theatre? used with kind permission from The Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Works by Alfred Wolfsohn used with kind permission from The Jewish Museum, Berlin.

 

Supported by the Danish Arts Council, the Municipality of Aarhus, Nordic Culture Point, Region Midtjylland, Statens Kunstfond.

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Fermata er Det Andet Teaters hidtil største produktion, et resultat af et flerårigt internationalt samarbejde på tværs af generationer, traditioner og kunstformer. Fermata er en co-produktion mellem Det Andet Teater og Roy Hart Theatre med 11 europæiske medvirkende performere og sangere. Manuskript og instruktion er af Barbara Simonsen, musik og vokalkompositioner af Laila Skovmand og scenografi og lys af Alli Stefansson.

 

Forestillingen havde urpremiere på Granhøj Dans i Århus i april 2010. Se anmeldelse her

 

Fermata er baseret på to skæbnehistorier: billedkunstneren Charlotte Salomon, der døde i Auschwitz, og den banebrydende stemmepædagog Alfred Wolfsohn. De mødtes i Berlin kort før anden verdenskrig og gennemlevede en kort, intens kærlighedshistorie udsprunget af deres fælles lidenskab for kunst. I 1939 måtte de flygte ud af Berlin, og de så aldrig hinanden igen. Kort tid før Charlotte Salomon blev fanget og dræbt af nazisterne, malede hun sit livsværk: ”Leben? – oder Theater?”, en samling af mere end 800 malerier med udgangspunkt i hendes erindringer, hendes familie og hendes kærlighed til Wolfsohn.

 

Forestillingen er støttet af Kunstrådets Scenekunstudvalg, Århus Kommune, Region Midtjylland og Kulturkontakt Nord.

Produktion: Det Andet Teater og Roy Hart Theatre. Co-produktion Kulturhus Århus, Sceneagenturet og Pappagallo.

I samarbejde med Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, Jewish Museum Berlin og 7-kanten.