Past event: Les Illuminations

Britten Young Apollo, Op.16
Claude Debussy arr. Tognetti String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
John Adams Shaker Loops 1. Shaking and Trembling 
Britten Reveille for violin and piano
Britten Les Illuminations, Op.18

Struan Leslie director
Gary McCann set and costume designer
Chris Davey lighting designer
Sarah Tynan soprano
An ensemble of international circus performers
Nicholas Collon conductor

Aurora returns to Aldeburgh Music for the Aldeburgh Festival 2016.

Inspired by the hyper-sensual surrealism of Rimbaud’s poetry set in Britten’s song cycle Les Illuminations, director Struan Leslie creates a newly-commissioned staging fusing music and contemporary circus performance.

‘I have long wanted to create a theatre work with this music’, says Leslie. ‘Now I have found the means to do it. Theatre or dance were always too limited a vocabulary to convey this vivid world. Circus is the key to unlock it.’

Britten’s voluptuous musical settings take flight on the back of Rimbaud’s extraordinarily evocative verse, a spectacle of extremes, a world of febrile fantasy, a parade of grotesques and lurid, erotic imagery.

For this new work soprano Sarah Tynan joins an ensemble of international circus performers and Aurora Orchestra in a programme that includes Britten’s Les Illuminations and Young Apollo, Debussy’s String Quartet and music from John Adams’ Shaker Loops.