The playwright Elfriede Jelinek, self classically trained pianist, wrote in 2011 a play based on Franz Schubert’s “Winter Holidays” – 24 set to music poems by Wilhelm Müller, which was completed in 1827, a year before the composer’s death. Schubert wrote “Winter Holidays” on the tramp lost hiker for piano and man’s voice and Jelinek wrote his play version for piano and a theater ensemble – and now that the play has Swedish premiere in Helsingborg City Theatre in Translation by Maria Tellander, music arrangements by Tommy Jonsson and Melanie Mede Linds house , stands six actors on stage.
Maria Edström was at the premiere
And yes, sure, she will enter a turn, Erika Kohut , Jelinek’s piano teacher in Malena Laszlo figure and mastered Joachim Larsson pianist sits at the piano center stage. Elfriede Jelinek’s love of Schubert’s passionate but not a bit devot, this mixed everything in this romanticism winter suite; Heidegger, Natascha Kampusch, Rosa Luxemburg and the mentally ill father. Guitar riffs, skiers, Euro crises and mobile phones as well.
And maybe Jelinek, to speak with Horace Engdahl, not just seen it beautifully sad in Müller’s poems, but also the bitter, scornful, defiant. Song cycle with his “The stranger I arrived, as a foreigner, I’ll go” almost feels like a headline to Jelinek acquisitions.
The director Melanie Mederlind, which actually was the one who in 2003 introduced Jelinek in Sweden, the the whole very good with both the typical text masses and a cast that can sing, dance and be present and how should I say, valid in a text and do not invite the actor to something for free.
Some batches with chorus gets a little static, but others live the more; as when Erik Borgeke and Gustav Bloom explains Heidegger’s philosophy – two hobbits in an alpine fantasy or at a funeral where Natalie Sundelin mourning sounds like an old Swedish film but yet so touching, or when the song “Post” will become mobile “to be -i-world “to speak with Heidegger and where Rafael Pettersson Franz Schubert with ruffles and everything amused witnessing the spectacle.
And so Maria Lindström as Death – with vitblond hor-wig and she both closes opens the show with his song about the uppgivne the organ.
would anyone really hear the other’s cranking and songs? Jelinek continues to allow, from traditonen and into the present and yes, beautiful is it to hear the Helsingborg City Theatre.