Ollé reinterprets ‘Histoire du soldat’ in Switzerland to celebrate its centenary

Published 19/09/2018

To celebrate the centenary of Histoire du soldat, La Fura reinterprets Stravinsky‘s opera, conceiving the demon not as the representative of Bad or Evil, but as the voice of unconsciousness. After the world premiere of this opera, directed by will Àlex Ollé, at the Opera de Lyon (France), the show arribe in Switzerland. It will be at the Opéra de Lausanne from September 28 to 30. The show will be in French and it will be 1 and a half hours long: tickets can already be purchased through this link.

The furan Àlex Ollé will present a staging that aims to strike a balance between the story of a soldier from a hundred years ago and the stories of our contemporary soldiers. For this, references are taken from the classic fiction ‘Johnny got his gun’ by Dalton Trumbo, and the testimony of the suicide letter of Daniel Somers, a veteran of the Iraq war. The objective: to mix between the conflict of a man who leaves a war to enter a battle with himself and his demons.

While returning to his country, a poor soldier walks with his violin. He finds himself with the Devil, who offers him to change the instrument for a magic book with which he can make a fortune. The soldier accepts, but suddenly discovers that he has lost three years of his life and that his beloved ones have forgotten him. Thus, full of wealth but unable to find happiness, he will do everything possible to recover his violin – even if that means stealing from the Devil.

Restricted by the restrictions imposed by the war, Stravinsky conceived this work on the model of the traveling theater, with a reduced instrumentation that could be played everywhere. He created an accessible work for all and crossed multiple influences: tango, ragtime, pasodoble and even jazz. Ollé will transmit all the dimensions of the work, from the most intimate to the most universal concept. Thus, he places the different stories of the soldiers of today in the heart of his creation, offering therefore a very contemporary reading of this centenary work: violence will be the metaphor of his soul.