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The Angel and the Beloved


Tue 11 Oct 2011, 6:30pm
Wed 12 Oct 2011, 8:00pm
Thu 13 Oct 2011, 8:00pm
Fri 14 Oct 2011, 8:00pm
Sat 15 Oct 2011, 8:00pm

Where: Hopetoun Alpha, 19 Beresford Square, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Concession: $25.00
  • Group: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Alex Ellis

For everyone who has felt the wonder of a clear spring day and the desire to live more deeply…

Theatrical luminaries Sylvia Rands and John Gibson bring the words of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke to life in their new production The Angel and the Beloved.

John Gibson, pianist/composer and Sylvia Rands, actor/voice artist celebrate Rilke’s work in The Angel and the Beloved as they explore the deep affinities between sound, music and words using humour, live piano and vocal dexterity to create a new form of theatrical alchemy. Born out of Sylvia’s own highly respected vocal teaching and her passion for ‘finding the voice for what is important to say’ the performance follows Rilke’s work in the journey of the soul.

John and Sylvia, artistic masters in their own right, haven’t collaborated since Sylvia’s highly acclaimed one woman show Such Sweet Thunder and felt this was the right production to once again combine their creative vision and talents. It’s a love of Rilke’s poetry and the excitement of finding a new form to express it that has brought the two together again.

In a show designed to reawaken the senses and the self through the simplest things the two will take you on a journey to an inner landscape - the world of the heart and spirit - a world beyond words. Sylvia and John will use voice and piano on a bare stage to conjure this world where ‘even what is most delicate and inapprehensible within us… must be discoverable’. (Rilke)

The Angel and the Beloved has been created to celebrate the beauty and spirituality in the every day and to access the inner life and journey of the human spirit. The marriage of music and word has been seen before but rarely in such an intimate, organic context. Relaxed and intimate, John Gibson and Sylvia Rands use the transformative poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke to make a hymn to being.

The spacious beauty of Hopetoun Alpha provides the perfect sound shell for this extraordinary piece of theatrical alchemy.

“Anybody who has walked in the park and celebrated the day will love this show.”

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