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THE SALON OF ANUBIS
Academy of Lilí and Danté
Grand magic and opera show
(foto: © David Ruano / TNC)
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THE SECOND OPERA OF JOAN ALBERT AMARGÓS, TONI RUMBAU AND LUCA VALENTINO
Opera, magic, cabaret… A lucky audience member presides over this Tableau of Death in which Lilí and Danté, the two presenters, are also the gods Thot and Anubis. They lead the living-recently departed down a route of continual transformations and surprises until he finally verifies - in the ambiguous, double and contradictory atmosphere of a world made of images and shadows - that we are, at one and the same time, both alive and dead.
The powerful and expressive music of Amargós, whose roots are in both popular and “classical” music, unfolds with surprising effects of rhythm and colour, in a show where stage magic, impregnated with tragedy and vitality, becomes highly poetic.
AN OPERA ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH
SALON OF ANUBIS is an opera that works on two levels and which, in the guise of a cabaret and magic-show, confronts the central character and the audience with the theme of death.
A lucky audience member presides over this Tableau of Death in which Lilí and Danté, the two cabaret presenters, are also the gods Thot and Anubis. They lead the living-recently departed down a route of continual transformations in which, on each occasion, he becomes smaller, in a comic and dramatic journey to the depths of his being until his personality is reduced to nothing but a small, squeaking figure. The fourth character is Rosa, the Guest’s wife, who emerges directly from the dramatic situation and whose life will also suffer a radical transformation.
The powerful and expressive music of Amargós unfolds with surprising effects of rhythm and colour, in a show where stage magic, impregnated with tragedy and vitality, becomes highly poetic.
By means of the artífice of the operatic genre, of magic and cabaret, The Salon of Anubis presents a space which is double, where life and death observe and reflect each other in a game of simulations, transforming reflections and in the characters’ growing self knowledge. In this environment of ambiguous and deceptive dualities, to be born and to die would be the two faces of a single coin.
The Salon of Anubis presents the public with an eternal theme, intensified in our era: the radical uncertainty about what is going to happen in the next few weeks, days, hours, minutes… Will we be in the same job? Will we still be living in the same place? Will we be alive in two months time, a week, or two days? Biological life is extended, but securities shatter at every turn. And death hovers, a hidden and incomprehensible threat.
The result is a show with a dizzying theatrical rhythm which, through a succession of powerful and surprising images, alternates disbelief with self-knowledge, drama with irony and interior reflexion with play, in an equilibrium which reflects life itself.
Located in this space that is, at the same time, both real and symbolic, the notes, images and words impel the breath-takingly energetic music through the show’s different registers: through magic tricks, absurd and impossible situations, through dramatic meetings and terrible feelings of loss. And thus the music accompanies the central character on a magic journey, (magic in the literal sense of the word), from the playful tunes of the beginning to tonalities that are increasingly intense and dramatic.
Toni Rumbau, Joan Albert Amargós and Luca Valentino
Lilí: Mónica Luezas / María Hinojosa (soprano)
Danté: Marc Canturri / Toni Marsol (baritone)
Guest: Toni Comas / Miquel Cobos (tenor)
Rosa: Marta Valero / Anna Tobella (mezzo-soprano)
Puppet voice: Toni Rumbau
Assistant 1: Pau Gómez Vilar
Assistant 2: Susana Rodríguez Sánchez
Orchestra: Grupo Instrumental Barcelona 216
Piano: Daniel Espasa / Xavier Barbeta
Double bass: Luís Manuel Cojal
Violin: Carlota Amargós / José Oriol Alguero
Clarinet: Javier Castillo
French horn: Taul Garrido / Francisco Rodríguez
Musical director Barcelona 216: David Albet
Orchestra production: Noemí Sunyol
Music by Joan Albert Amargós
Idea and libretto by Toni Rumbau
Director and dramaturge: Luca Valentino
Conducted by Joan Albert Amargós
director: Glòria Balanyà
Catalan version: Toni Rumbau, Joan Albert Amargós and Marc Rosich
Set design and construction: José Menchero
Costume design and confection: Raquel Bonillo
Magic consultant: Mag Lari
Lighting design: Quico Gutiérrez
Video: Marta Hincapié
Video editor: Anastasi Rinos
Stage manager: Germano Bozzelli
Lighting technician: Silvia Kuchinow
Stage hand: Ramón Beneito
Photographs: David Ruano
Graphic design: Mariano Rolando
International Relations: Dietrich Grosse
Production: LA FANFARRA S.L.
English translation: Rebecca Simpson
Production assistant, drawings and rehearsal photographs: Jorge Raedó
Executive production: Lola Davó – BITÓ
Commissioned and co-produced by the Festival of New and Pocket Opera (CITART)
With the support of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Collaborating institutions: Institut Ramón Llull, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Temporada Alta and the Bogliasco Foundation
Dress rehearsal with audience: 29th September Auditorio de Cornellá, Barcelona
Première: 2nd October Theater am Stadtgarten, Winterthur, Switzerland
14th October: Teatro de Salt, Gerona, Temporada Alta
18th and 20th October: Staatstheater Darmstadt, Germany
24th to 28th October: Sala Pequeña, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Barcelona
"La màgia de la
mort", crítica de Xavier Céster de Salón de Anubis. Avui, 30 octubre 2007
- "Saló d'Anubis: un viatge màgic i poètic cap a la mort", crítica de César López Rosell. El Periódico, 16 octubre 2007
- "Vida i Mort al Saló d'Anubis", crítica de l'òpera Saló d'Anubis de Jaume Radigales (25-octubre-2007)
- "En las varietés de la ópera entre vida y muerte", crítica de Herbert Büttiker de la ópera Salón de Anubis, del Landbote Winterthur (Suiza), 4 de octubre de 2007
- "Saló d'Anubis: quan la màgia es fa òpera", crítica d'Aurora Carreras. Blog del FOBNC, 5 de novembre de 2007
- "Salón de Anubis", crítica del doctor Josep Rumbau en su blog "Medicina del Canto", 28 de octubre 2007
- "Salón de Anubis. Crónica de una aventura operística", por Conrado Domínguez. Blog del FOBNC, 31 de octubre de 2007
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