Rusalka

Rusalka - Antonin Dvořák

Cultural, Opera, Lyrical arts, Classical music in Avignon
  • Lyrical tale in three acts.
    Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil based on Friedrich de la Motte-Fouqué and Hans Christian Andersen.
    Created on 31 March 1901 at the Prague National Theatre.
    Sung in Czech with surtitles in French.

  • The mermaid is an odd metaphor to symbolise the terrible threat forever associated with feminity and the irresistible feminine ability to seduce and lead men to their downfall... In European mythology, from Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid to Dvořák's Rusalka, the agreement that is proposed is straightforward: such a creature shall only be worthy of being loved on the condition that it gives up its most precious attribute … its voice. And that is precisely what is implicitly conveyed...
    The mermaid is an odd metaphor to symbolise the terrible threat forever associated with feminity and the irresistible feminine ability to seduce and lead men to their downfall... In European mythology, from Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid to Dvořák's Rusalka, the agreement that is proposed is straightforward: such a creature shall only be worthy of being loved on the condition that it gives up its most precious attribute … its voice. And that is precisely what is implicitly conveyed in the tale performed here: the dismaying injunction wielded on women's bodies and social being, from a very early age on. Does it still resonate today? That is the question raised in the stage setting by Jean-Philippe Clarac and Olivier Deloeuil who set the tragedy of the youthful ondine in more contemporary water - an Olympic swimming pool. But this opera is no less dreamlike and full of fantasy than Dvořák's original tale. The staging reinvents a world on a tightrope between realism and symbolism, steeped in fantasy and in familiarity. Jean-Philippe Clarac and Olivier Deloeuil maintain all the ambiguity of this timeless, suggestive fable. A visually powerful theatrical experience that underscores the continued relevance of fairy tales, and encourages the audience to re-evaluate, in light of this new sensibility, the ongoing importance of tropes and foundational myths in every aspect of our daily lives.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Schedules
Schedules
  • On October 13, 2023 at 8:00 PM
  • On October 15, 2023 at 2:30 PM
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