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When:

Sat 23 Feb 2008–Tue 26 Feb 2008, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Pr: $175.00
  • Pr/FR: $165.00
  • A: $150.00
  • A/FR: $140.00
  • B: $95.00
  • B/FR: $85.00
  • C: $75.00
  • D: $55.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Olivia Bruce

Music Kurt Weill
Words Bertolt Brecht

Kurt Weill's The Lindbergh Flight / The Flight Over the Ocean and The Seven Deadly Sins both epitomise different aspects of the American dream set to texts by Bertolt Brecht, making a stunning and arresting double bill.

The Lindbergh Flight / The Flight Over the Ocean recounts the story of man's conquest of the laws of nature, celebrating the first solo trans-Atlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh. His trajectory to becoming the first mass-media star is described by radio announcer and chorus, complete with flying plane and flight-path backdrop. The music and words tell the story in 15 scenes, from the urging of the airmen to take up the challenge, to Lindbergh battling with the elements, conversing with his aeroplane and ultimately arriving in Paris.

The Seven Deadly Sins follows the spirited journey of twin sisters, Anna I and Anna II – one practical, the other impulsive – who, voyaging across America for seven years, encompass seven cities and seven sins on their quest to raise money for the building of their family home. Impulsive Anna II, cast as seven sensuous dancers directed by renowned Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard, dances in and out of trouble.

Gun-Brit Barkmin, described as "something of a revelation in the main role of Anna I" (Evening News), attempts to profit from their predicaments as she manipulates her different selves and the chorus around the stage.

François Girard, an award-winning film and opera director, has created a theatrically taut and visually imaginative production. First staged at the Opéra National de Lyon and at the Edinburgh Festival, the double bill has been hailed as "a triumph for all concerned" (Evening News).

Featuring the dramatically intense and sumptuous Gun-Brit Barkmin as Anna I and Christian Baumgärtel as the stoic hero Lindbergh, the international cast is led by Jonathan Stockhammer who is known for his intelligence and subtlety of expression. Stockhammer will conduct the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus in this highly original and entertaining feast for the senses.

Performed in German with English subtitles.

Conductor Jonathan Stockhammer
Director François Girard
Choreographer Marie Chouinard
Set designer François Séguin
Costume designer Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Lighting designer David Finn
Video Peter Flaherty

Photo credits - Franchella / Stofleth

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