Think of this musical pantomime as a storybook, one whose pictures are brought to life by the music of Erik Satie. Bit by bit, Satie’s life takes shape before your eyes, beautifully set in motion by the French composer's own music. Drawing on an electrifying supply of ingenious ideas, Alexander Neander and Wolfram von Bodecker interpret the events experienced by this most extraordinary and intriguing musical talent, their humorous and subtle craft a joy to behold for old and young alike.
Their skilful mastery of pantomime dovetails perfectly with the musical accompaniment of piano, cello and percussion. The special dramatic devices used, such as black light theatre and shadow puppetry, seem to lend wings to Satie’s music and even allow Satie himself to reach for the stars. The interaction of visual and audio elements, complemented by some magical surprises, makes you discover Satie’s music anew. This original presentation is built around the personality of the composer and the impressions left by his music. Sometimes fanciful and mysterious, sometimes witty and entertaining, and always unique.
Satie even makes an appearance as a passionate cinema-goer, watching himself play the lead role in a short film devised especially by the crew, and rounding their homage to the composer of Montmartre. Monsieur Satie! is just as fascinating as it is varied, a true musical theatre experience of the highest artistic merit.
Lionel Ménard, director, story book
Wolfram von Bodecker, mime
Alexander Neander, mime
Manfred Schmidt, piano
Gabriele Nellessen, idea, conception
Duration: 60 Minutes
Composition: Erik Satie
Idea Conception Dramaturgy: Gabriele Nellessen
2 Actors, 1 Pianist: Manfred Schmidt
2 Technician: Light, Stage
Premiere: Konzerthaus Berlin