Pierrot Lunaire is one of the most controversial and polarising pieces of music ever written. It’s a nasty piece of work: 21 songs about madness, death, sex, dreams, and trauma. The script is surreal and unsettling, and the music is wild, beautiful, and strange.
In this unique staged show, set over the course of one night and built around a stark set consisting of a single four poster bed, Manchester Collective brings Pierrot Lunaire to life. The show features a brand new English translation, a world class line up of artists, and a deep dive into the darkest corners of the piece, guided by NTS/BBC 6 Music broadcaster, Elizabeth Alker.
This is not a work that comes up often. This is not a work you will ever forget.
The wild, seductive chords of Schoenberg’s masterpiece have intrigued and confounded audiences for over 100 years. This season, Manchester Collective brings this sensual and dangerous world to life, performed in English, in a new translation by David Pountney. Polly Graham directs this visceral staged production, delving deep into the inner world of the unnamed female protagonist. Acclaimed Australian soprano Lotte Betts-Dean paints a vivid picture of a woman on the edge - inspiration, struggle, ambition, and self-doubt. Pierrot Lunaire is presented by NTS/BBC Radio 6 broadcaster Elizabeth Alker, who will guide audiences though the emotional wreckage of this musical apocalypse.
TICKETS £6 adv, £9 otd, £10 for both this concert and 100 Demons Dec 5th
Through thrilling live performances, allied with daring programming and a brazen approach to convention The Manchester Collective bring contemporary classical music to unusual venues. Their mission is to create radical human experiences for everybody through live music
The Manchester Collective have reached more than 65,000 people with their debut 2017 season. From the Wind Factory in Liverpool to the White Hotel in Solford they have been enchanting audiences and receiving rave reviews.
The Collective was founded because nobody was programming the kind of work that they wanted to perform; exciting contemporary classical music in unusual venues Along the way, they discovered a passion for connecting with new overwhelmingly young audiences . Many of their guests experience their first taste of classical music at a Manchester Collective show.
Many people told them that this project was impossible. It’s too hard to start a new arts organisation, let alone a movement. Classical music just isn’t relevant anymore. Young people don’t care about culture. Bring it on. And welcome to the new season.