Two people walk through a bare, cold grove;
The moon races along with them, they look into it.
Award-winning choreographer Loughlan Prior fuses dance with music in his visceral adaption of Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’ – TRANSFIGURED NIGHT. Based on the mystical poem by Richard Dehmel, it is a celebration of new life, the duality of conflict and resolution and, ultimately, the reconciliation of one with the universe.
The moon races over tall oaks,
No cloud obscures the light from the sky,
`Into which the black points of the boughs reach.
Coupled with Dvořák’s gorgeously Slavonic string sextet, this night of intimacy, intensity and spiritual metamorphosis is given life by BalletCollective Aotearoa and New Zealand String Quartet in a moving journey of courage, strength and human warmth.
A woman’s voice speaks…
(from ‘Verklärte Nacht’ by Richard Dehmel, translation by Stanley Appelbaum)