Lindsay Kemp in World Premiere of ‘Histoire Du Soldat’ by Igor Stravinsky.

Interview with Lindsay Kemp in English starts at 0:46 on the video.

Perhaps our greatest living theatre artist, Lindsay Kemp will be premiering his new work Histoire Du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale) in Bari, Italy on the 5th and 6th of May. Kemp described his role on Italian TV as “that of a lifetime”. He will be playing The Devil.

Histoire du soldat composed by Igor Stravinsky is a 1918 theatrical work “to be read, played, and danced” (“lue, jouée et dansée”). The libretto, which is based on a Russian folk tale was written in French by the Swiss universalist writer C. F Ramuz. It is a parable about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy. The music is scored for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet (often played on trumpet), trombone, and percussion, and the story is told by three actors: the soldier, the devil, and a narrator, who also takes on the roles of minor characters. A dancer plays the non-speaking role of the princess, and there may also be additional ensemble dancers.”

Tickets may be purchased online here.

A rare look inside the creative process of rehearsals and recording of “Story of a Soldier” written in 1917. This is a film from 1955 presented by Columbia records.


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