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Gerard Mosterd

A Javanese version of Stravinsky’s a Soldier’s Tale and Loevendie’s the Nightingale

Gerard MosterdL’Histoire du Soldat is a musical gem of early modern, 20th century classical music.

Written by Stravinsky for a group of poor, unemployed artists and musicians during the crisis just after the first world war. Complex and dynamic music such as that of Stravinsky has never been interpreted by Javanese dancers who traditionally are masters of slow, subtle movement.

L’Histoire du Soldat

Libretto: Charles Ferdinand Ramuz
Composition: Igor Stravinsky

World premiere: September 28, 1918 in Lausanne.
Originally composed for a speaker, two actors, a dancer and a small chamber ensemble of seven instrumentalists.

Premiere of the Javanese version: Friday, August 5, 2011 in Gedung Societet in Yogyakarta (Central Java)
Version with a speaker, two Javanese court dancers, an actress and a small chamber ensemble of seven instrumentalists.

Narrator: Jamaluddin Latief
Dance: Martinus Miroto, Eko Supriyanto, Sri Qadariatin.
Director: Gerard Mosterd
Advisor: Didik Nini Thowok
Choreography: Gerard Mosterd in collaboration with Eko Supriyanto, Martinus Miroto, Sri Qadariatin and Jamaluddin Latief.
Dramaturgical consultant: Fransien van der Putt.
Music Performance: Dutch Chamber Music Company led by Joan Berkhemer (Arjan Tien in Java)
DCMC: Arno van Houtert clarinet, Jozsef Auer bassoon, Raymond Vievermanns trumpet, Quirijn van de Bijlaard trombone, Tijmen Wehlburg violin, Pia Pirtinaho bass and Han Vogel percussion
Production: DCMC / Kantor Pos
Indonesia Production manager: Reni Karnilasari (Teater Garasi)
Stage manager Indonesia: Daniel Cesar

Production manager: Willeke Colenbrander / Lotte Loos
Publicity: Hans Merts
Design: Karolien de Pauw
Web: Micha Kroes
Technique: Roland van Meel

The Nightingale (1974) by Theo Loevendie (1930) is a contemporary chamber music piece inspired by the fairy tale The Nightingale. Narrated and provided with shadow play by one of the most prominent and innovative puppeteers of our time, Slamet Gundono, winner of the Prince Claus Award 2005. For this performance, he designed new screens and wayang puppets which will place the famous story by Andersen in a new perspective. The oriental touch will support the Chinese atmosphere of the story, and Gundono’s sense of humor appeals to audiences of all ages. Duration: 40 minutes.

This double program is coproduced by DCMC and Kantor Pos.

In Indonesia this double bill is a coproduction between Kelola, Erasmus Huis, DCMC, Karta Pustaka, Teater Garasi, Widya Mitra Semarang and Didik Nini Thowok.

Supporting funds:
Dutch Embassy in Jakarta

Touring schedule Java

Thursday 4th of August: Kampung Tembi in Yogyakarta Selatan
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of August: Gedung Societet in Yogyakarta
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of August: Taman Budaya Arena in Solo
Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th of August: Auditorium Radio Republik Indonesia in Semarang
Friday 19th and Saturday 20th of August: Erasmus Huis in Jakarta

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