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  • July 2010
  • Vol. 18, No. 10

Arts & Culture

  • Phase Me, Bro
  • Music
  • Phase Me, Bro

    Steve Reich, NEXUS, and So Percussion perform at Maverick Hall on July 31.
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  • Bard SummerScape Festival

    The Trisha Brown Dance Company kicks off the eighth annual Bard SummerScape festival this week with the trailblazing choreographer’s most recent piece – L’Amour au théâtre (2009), two of her legendary Rauschenberg collaborations – Foray Forêt (1990) and You can see us (1995), and a duet from her 1996 piece, Twelve Ton Rose, which is set to music by Anton Webern. The performances at the Bard SummerScape festival form a highlight of the company’s 40th anniversary season.
  • Interview with Thaddeus Strassberger, Director of The Distant Sound
  • Visual Art
  • Interview with Thaddeus Strassberger, Director of The Distant Sound

    The American stage premiere of The Distant Sound (Der ferne Klang) opens Friday at Bard SummerScape. Franz Schreker’s twentieth century opera tells the tragic story ofFritz, a composer who forsakes his beloved, Grete, for the sound that is a distant echo of her presence. During a rehearsal break, internationally acclaimed director Thaddeus Strassberger shared his thoughts about the staging and design of The Distant Sound.
  • Shreker’s Opera The Distant Sound Opens July 30
  • Visual Art
  • Shreker’s Opera The Distant Sound Opens July 30

    Franz Schreker’s The Distant Sound, though familiar in Europe, has never yet – in the century since its composition – been fully staged in North America. With lush, sumptuous music, Schreker’s opera explores the complexities of love, eroticism, and art-for-art’s-sake idealism. It tells the tragic story of Fritz, a composer who forsakes Grete, his beloved, for the sound that is a distant echo of her presence. But the opera is only partly about Fritz and the elusive ideal that shimmers, mirage-like, beyond his grasp. It is also about how Grete, the composer’s beloved, is exploited by the society she lives in, and how she survives by retreating into her dreams.
  • Bard SummerScape 2010: Judgement Day
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  • Bard SummerScape 2010: Judgement Day

    Judgment Day (“Der jüngste Tag”), a gripping 1937 drama by Austro-Hungarian Ödön von Horváth, opened yesterday as part of Bard SummerScape 2010. A runaway hit of last fall’s theater season in London, the play implicitly investigates the roots of Nazism among Austria-Hungary’s ordinary working people. Endowed with topical themes and a compelling plot and characters, Judgment Day is the story of an unhappily married stationmaster in a small town who causes a fatal train crash when he allows a flirtatious young woman to distract him from his duties. The girl perjures herself to defend him, and support for her lie poisons the town, drawing everyone deeper into a moral abyss.

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