Histoire du Soldat: Stravinsky, Cabaret-style, by Lar Lubovitch and Le Train Bleue at Galapagos.http://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/histoire-du-soldat-stravinsky-cabaret-style/1151/
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale, from 1918), a two-performance, one-evening event atGalapagos in Dumbo last week, was one of those only-in-New-York performances that restores one’s faith in humanity, even on a wicked sleety night. This hour-long work by Stravinsky was assembled into a cabaret-scaled production by conductor Ransom Wilson, with an orchestra of seven (the excellent new ensemble Le Train Bleu), three actors, and choreography by Lar Lubovitch for Reid Bartelme, Nicole Corea, and Attila Joey Csiki. Soldat recounts the story of a soldier who, returning home, makes a deal with the devil, resulting in amusing consequences and solemn regrets.
Lubovitch’s genial sense of humor emerged when soldier Bartelme broke into a happy jig, his long legs wobbling and rubbery. As the devil, wearing sleek black velvet and tiny red horns, Csiki moved boldly, bounding high in bent leg leaps. And Corea, with her springy locks and corseted muslin romper, made for a delightful princess. As he mentions in this interview, Wilson put together the work as a terrific example of how classical music can thrive in smaller spaces, on tighter budgets, and have relevance to contemporary audiences. While there are no concrete plans for a return engagement, when there are, don’t miss it.
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