Siri Vik
The Seven Deadly Sins
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, 1927-33
Fri, Feb 22, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Jim & Ginevra Ralph
Production sponsor
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” – Bertolt Brecht
“I am unable to set the communist party manifesto to music.” – Kurt Weill
Siri Vik and colleagues explore the short, fraught, and thoroughly intriguing collaboration of composer Kurt Weill (1900-50) and poet/playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956). In the program’s first set, Vik is joined by Robert Ashens and chamber ensemble and vocalists Caitlin Christopher, William Hulings and Dylan Stasack in a selection of songs from Mahagonny-Songspiel (1927), The Threepenny Opera (1928), Happy End (1929), and Rise And Fall of the City of Mahogonny (1930).
In the second set Vik and performance corps are joined by Ashens and chamber orchestra in a faithfully-researched and staged re-creation of Brecht and Weill’s final collaboration, The Seven Deadly Sins as premiered by George Balanchine’s short-lived dance company, Les Ballets in June 1933 in Paris (as Les sept péchés capitaux ) and London (as Anna-Anna ) with Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya and Austrian dancer Tilly Losch together in the role of the protagonist Anna, a young woman from Louisiana sent away by her parents for seven years to earn money for a new family house. Robert Ashens conducts, William Hulings directs, Caitlin Christopher choreographs; the setting is realized by Connie Huston and costumes are executed by Jamie Parker. Sara Stockwell assumes the role of Anna II alongside Vik’s Anna I, who are together supported by vocalists William Hulings, Dylan Stasack, Cloud Pemble, Alex Mentzel, and dancers Jim Ballard, Adam Kelly, Kenady Conforth and Abigail Howell. It will be performed in the English translation of W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.
Mounting a production of Weill’s and Brecht’s unusual “sung ballet” that is reoriented to the piece’s original 1933 intellectual context and philosophical timbre has been a long-standing dream for artistic director Siri Vik, a Weill scholar, and Shedd executive director and producer Jim Ralph, a lifelong admirer of Brecht. The Seven Deadly Sins has become a staple of ballet, opera and the classical music world in the sixty years since it was pulled from obscurity by Balanchine in 1958 and set on his New York City Ballet. But while the many re-creations of the 40-minute work over those decades (both as a ballet in the mold of Balanchine’s re-visioning and as a concert piece) have made The Seven Deadly Sins an oft-performed cultural mainstay, the process served Weill’s superb score well but has dulled its essential Brechtian worldview at the base of the original biting critique of capitalism and its capacity to destroy the human spirit, a socio-political morality play which turned the 4th century Christian teaching of the desert fathers on its head in order to expose the soul-draining effects of the modern socio-economic order as it existed for the petit bourgeoisie of which the ballet’s heroine, Anna, is a part. It is with great pride that The Shedd presents our attempt to restore to the piece, as much as is possible, “the hammer” of its original telling, as re-created with sensitivity and brilliance by Vik and her creative team.
Event Personnel
Directors
Siri Vik, artistic director
Robert Ashens, conductor, 7DS music director
Caitlin Christopher, choreographer
Bill Hulings, stage director
Program
PROGRAM
 AlabamaSong
(1927) Mahagonny-Songspiel
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man
("As You Make Your Bed")
(1930) Rise And Fall Of The City of Mahagonny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny)
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Barbarasong
(1928) The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Kanonen-Song
("Canon Song")
(1928) The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Das Eifersuchtsduett
("Jealosy Duet")
(1928) The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Zuhälterballade
("Pimp's Ballad")
(1928) The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Bilbao Song
(1929) Happy End
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Der Song von der Mandelay
("Mandalay Song")
(1929) Happy End
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Surabaya Johnny
(1929) Happy End
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
 Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
("The Ballad of Mack The Knife")
(1928) The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
-- Intermission --
 The Seven Deadly Sins
(Die sieben Todsünden)
(1933)
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956
Kurt Weill, 1900-1950
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