Winterreise: life performances

Neudecker, M (2005) Winterreise: life performances. Touring performance/exhibition, 2005.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Neudecker, M
Abstract: Neudecker was asked to create a visual counterpoint to Schubert's song cycle Winterreise and jointly commissioned by Opera North and Leeds City Art Gallery in 2003. The resulting work is a visual reflection of Wilhelm Müller's tale of unrequited love, despair and suicide; of a rejected lover who travels from the door of the woman he loves into a frozen landscape. It is a series of short-films, one for each of the twenty-four Lieder, made in locations following the line of latitude 60 degrees North, in places that experience snow-capped winters; the Shetland Islands, Helsinki, Oslo and St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, the songs (in German with some English subtitles) chart the physical and psychological journey of the rejected lover through a frozen landscape. Winterreise re-visits the atmospheric representations of sublime landscape vistas created within glass tanks filled with water, salt solutions and dyes that Neudecker made previously and were widely shown nationally and internationally.
Date: 23 January 2005
Event Location: Touring performance/exhibition

The work is a sequence of images associated with the emotional atmosphere of the Northern European Romantic tradition and simultaneously plots the line to source these images in a contemporary language, via GPS. The piece exists in two forms: as part of a live performance and as a gallery piece. Highlights of the 14-venue live-tour were The Shaw Room, National Gallery, Dublin and The Linbury Studio ,Royal Opera House, London - both 2005.

Many reviews including The Irish Times (Aidan Dunne, 01/05) ,The Independent (George Hall, 02/05) a live interview by Sean Rafferty on Radio 3's In Tune, (02/05) and also mentioned in a catalogue essay by David Brown (Senior Curator,Tate) for Over and Over, Again and Again Tate St.Ives and Tate Britain.

Shown at: National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Royal Opera House, London. All Saints Church, Leamington Spa. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham International Festival. St George's, Bristol. Square Chapel, Halifax. Baltic, Gateshead. The Lowry, Salford Quays. Theatre by the lake, Keswick.

Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2012 04:45
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:32
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