A Mouth is Not for Talking: La voix humaine
$25 – $30
A Mouth is Not for Talking: La voix humaine

A Mouth is Not for Talking: La voix humaine

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National Sawdust

80 North 6th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11249

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Doors at 6PM
Advance $25 | At the Door $30

Hold the phone…

“A mouth is not for talking / A mouth is for tasting this Sweetness” professed Rumi, and yet from the telephone’s invention to the smartphone’s revolution, society has replaced the sweetness of human presence with an illusion of connection. Using this theme as inspiration (and inviting audience participation), Poulenc and Cocteau’s cautionary tale La voix humaine receives a reflective update when soprano Laura Bohn and pianist Mila Henry’s conversation forces listeners to ask: in this age of technology, can we connect with others without losing ourselves? Directed by Mary Birnbaum. Projection design by Hannah Wasileski.

“LA VOIX HUMAINE”

Lyrics: Jean COCTEAU

Music : Francis POULENC

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“Laura and I have always loved the music of Francis Poulenc, from the moment we took a class together on his life and works, so when brainstorming projects to collaborate on, La voix humaine was an obvious choice. While originally scored for orchestra, the intimacy and cinematic colors of Poulenc’s piano reduction provide a unique opportunity to hold multiple conversations all at once– whether between Elle and the telephone, singer and pianist, or performers and audience. Given Laura’s fierce stage presence and my desire to be on the stage as much as alongside it, we look forward to pushing the boundaries of our musical partnership in an opera we truly adore.” – Mila Henry, pianist

“We are struck by the epidemic of smartphone addiction we see around us and find a mirror in Cocteau’s La voix humaine. Here is a woman at her breaking point, holding the phone as her only lifeline and connection to human love. She represents the modern day soul, unaware that she’s woven herself into a cocoon of attachment and denial, and waiting for someone else to save her. Her journey begins by acknowledging there is a greater truth than what she’s allowed herself to see and ends with her cutting the cords of her old attachments and embracing herself as she is. The desire to stretch the boundaries of the traditional singer/pianist relationship is a driving force behind our storytelling, as is our passion for the timeless music of Poulenc.” – Laura Bohn, soprano

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