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The music theatre SERGE by Luigi De Angelis and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop is inspired by the life and work of the visionary Russian impresario Sergey Diaghilev. In SERGE De Angelis and Kaleidoskop create a ‘choreography of seduction’ based on celebrated works of the Ballet Russes. Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes employed artifice to break creativity and ambiguity into the public consciousness of the early 20th century and leave a lasting impression on the world of dance, music and performance art.

Diaghilev’s talent for seduction allowed him to wield great influence on the European art scene and ushered in a new sensibility for hedonism and aesthetic pleasure. He brought great, cyclone-like energy to the development of new works which, sharpened and channeled through his manifold connections in the art world, drew from artistic talents in multiple fields including numerous well-known painters and composers.

The actor Marco Cavalcoli plays the role of Diaghilev, who manipulates and seduces like a pied piper. The music by Michael Rauter is based on iconic works commissioned by the Ballet Russes, the central piece is a 70-minute version of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faun. This work acts as a continuum from which the other pieces emerge, in which they are submerged, join together and reel off.

Concept: Luigi De Angelis, Michael Rauter
Direction, lighting, set design: Luigi De Angelis
Musical direction: Michael Rauter
Music & performance: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
Performance: Marco Cavalcoli
Sound design: Johann Günther, Hubert Westkemper
Costumes: Chiara Lagani
Costumes assistance: Cristina Nyffeler
Skin painting: Nicola Fagnani
Lighting & set design assistance: Giovanni Cavalcoli
Dramaturgical collaboration: Boram Lie

Music: Michael Rauter, inspired by and based on excerpts of
Claude Debussy – Prélude de l’après-midi d’une faune
Maurice Ravel – Daphnis & Chloé
Erik Satie – Parade

A project by Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and Fanny & Alexander. Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Schering Stiftung. In cooperation with Radialsystem. SERGE is based on the production ЗМЕЯ – The Riot Of Seduction – Commissioned by Klarafestival. Co-production Concertgebouw Brügge, deSingel internationale kunstcampus, Antwerpen und Muziektheater Transparant.

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