“A remarkably thoughtful program… the whole evening radiated uncommon care and intelligence.” —New York Times
To create this genre-defying new performance, Sarah Rothenberg draws inspiration from Marcel Proust’s writings, the memoirs of his housekeeper Céleste Albaret, and the music, paintings, and places invoked in his literary works.
Conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg, this musical production includes performances by Nicholas Phan, tenor; Boson Mo, violin; Henry Stram, actor; and Sarah Rothenberg, piano; with costume and set design by Marina Draghici; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and projection and video design by Hannah Wasileski.
In 1907, Marcel Proust famously withdrew to his cork-lined bedroom on the Boulevard Hausmann to write À la recherche du temps perdu, a remarkable portrait of fin-de-siècle Paris. In the Marcel Proust Project, Sarah Rothenberg recreates the author’s meticulous world, blending literary scholarship with illustrative compositions by Fauré, Franck, Saint-Saens, Reynaldo Hahn, Leon Delafosse, Debussy, Chopin, and Ravel in an afternoon concert that is sure to delight.
“A brilliant idea ingeniously used” —Washington Post
“Altogether stunning... Sarah Rothenberg is a creative and prolific thinker” —Wall Street Journal (on The Blue Rider in Performance)
“A fascinating multi-media project... she exposed the live-wire connection between these two giants [Schoenberg and Kandinsky]” —New York Times (on The Blue Rider in Performance)