A futile quest for peace of mind
World Premiere - National Theatre
(10 - 19 August)
The Burrow takes its title from one of the last stories Kafka completed, an allegory of Kafka’s own insecurity and futile quest for peace of mind through feverish creative effort. The production incorporates a highly original use of visual theatre techniques in one of the company’s most striking new works.
Smetanin’s music is characterised by a forceful, sometimes abrasive hyper-energetic rhythmic drive with roots in sources as diverse as Stravinsky, ‘funk’, Russian folk, hard rock and Xenakis.
Instrumentation: 2 sop., mez., alto, 2 ten., bar., bass, vlc., 2 cbs., fl., sax., bar. sax., tpt., pf., sampler, 2 percs.
“I don’t recall being so impressed since [the first time I saw] Pina Bausch’s Wupperthaler Tanztheater”
Score byMichael Smetanin
Libretto byAlison Croggon
Musical direction byRoland Peelman
Designed byDan Potra
Lighting Design byDavid Murray