Christian Spuck’s production Winterreise is based on music by Franz Schubert and Hans Zender. It will be on stage at Ballett Zürich until December 2.
Franz Schubert composed Winterreise (Winter Journey) in 1827. A cycle of 24 songs for tenor voice and piano, Winterreise consists of settings of poems by Wilhelm Müller and is considered the apotheosis of the German art song as well as the pinnacle of Schubert’s work as a songwriter. In 24 snapshots Schubert reveals the sentiments of a lost, wounded and lonely character, upsettingly expressing the existential conflict of the human condition.
German composer Hans Zender‘s arrangement of the cycle, titled Schuberts Winterreise –
Christian Spuck’s production is concerned with a far-reaching, abstract vision and offers a journey inside the human being exploring timeless themes as love, longing, estrangement, and abandonment.
For the set, Spuck had imagined an abstract setting. Rufus Didwiszus created an environment blending a wintery snowy landscape and an interior. On the cold, concrete finish walls, the undeclared image of trees covered in snow can be recognized. Light stripes, a semi-reflective floor, and snowflakes create a cold and crisp atmosphere. The black accents given by the crows underline the theme of death, which is very much present in Winterreise. The theme of wandering is addressed by the costumes designed by Emma Ryotts as for example in the heavy shoes worn by the dancers.