Poulenc: La Voix Humaine
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Poulenc: La Voix Humaine

Poulenc: La Voix Humaine

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National Sawdust

80 North 6th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11249

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Doors at 6PM
Advance $30 | At the Door $35

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. In this theatrical concert, Poulenc and Cocteau’s cautionary tale La voix humaine receives a reflective update when paired with world premiere songs from Forrest Pierce’s The Burning Harp, set to texts of Rumi. Soprano Laura Bohn and pianist Mila Henry’s dual 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, trapped in a nightmare echo chamber of digital communication. The texts of Rumi in The Burning Harp – brought to stunning life in Forrest Pierce’s new settings – are a joyful invitation to awaken ourselves from this trance of dependence on objects to the infinite love waiting for us within our essential nature.” – Laura Bohn, soprano

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