Nargenfestival and Von Krahl Theatre present: musical incantation NATIVITY WORDS
Director: PEETER JALAKAS
Musical Director: TÕNU KALJUSTE
Music author: VELJO TORMIS
Arrangements: TÕNU KÕRVITS
Designers: KÄRT OJAVEE and EDITH KARLSON
Stage Design: PEETER JALAKAS, ENAR TARMO, KÄRT OJAVEE and EDITH KARLSON
Video artists: EMER VÄRK and MIKK-MAIT KIVI
Choreography: SIMONA ORINSKA, PEETER JALAKAS and TROUPE
Graphic Design: MARGUS TAMM
Technical solutions:ENAR TARMO and RINAL KODASMA
Lights: ROMMI RUTTAS, ALLAN RÄIM
Sound: HAAR TAMMIK
Production: Von Krahl Theatre, Nargen Opera and Nargenfestival in cooperation with Estonian Concert and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
On stage: Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Viljandi Drumlab (SILVER ULVIK, FRANCOIS ARCHANJO, URMAS PITSI, SIIM KOPPEL), rune singer ILONA KORHONEN (Finland), SIMONA ORINSKA (Latvia), IEVA PUTNINA (Latvia), RAGNE VEENSALU, OTT KARTAU, IVO REINOK, JAAN VÄÄRT, TAAVI EELMAA.
Texts: TIINA TAURAITE, ERKI LAUR, TAAVI EELMAA, RAGNE VEENSALU, OTT KARTAU, IVO REINOK
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (from tape)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (from tape)
KRISTI MÜHLING (Kantele, from tape)
ELISA HUOVINEN (assistant to Musical Director)
REIGO AHVEN (importer of Viljandi Drumlab)
Technical support: KRISTIINA PRAKS, ENAR TARMO, RINALD KODASMA, JÜRGEN REISMAA, ALEKSANDER SPROHGIS, MIHHAIL MAKOŠIN
Supporters: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Culture Ministry, Avision, Cramo, SYSPrint, Blackbox Production
Thank you: Ivo Kõvamees, Merike Malberg, Anastassia Dratsova, Karoline Karlis, Raimond Rääk, Andrei Kissin, Black Box Studio, Margo Kõlar, Tanel Klesment
Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste and director Peeter Jalakas continue the cycle of grand pieces based on the music of Veljo Tormis with the joint musical production of ‘Nativity Words’ by Von Krahl Theatre, Nargen Opera and Nargenfestival.
‘Nativity Words’ has been created as the beginning of the mythical time cycle which at the same time marks its closing with the memorable for the audience and Estonian culture history ‘Estonian ballads'(2004), ‘Estonian women’s songs'(2006) and ‘Estonian men’s songs'(2008) as the background.
Nativity Words blends archaic mind patterns with technologically digital treatment of the world, synthesizes mythology and futurism and reconciles sacral perception with the spirit of idealizing the contemporary world’s novelty.
The production retains the rustic content but dresses Veljo Tormis up in digital creased trousers and has him to sit in the yet uninvented vessel.
The performance rows through such works of Veljo Tormis as ‘Creation of the World’ from Izhorian epic, cantata ‘Nativity Words’, ‘Kalevala’s 17th rune song’, ‘Said Lembitu’, Etude with Juhan Viiding. ‘They sing on the ship’
Premiere 7th August 2015, Noblessner Foundry (Tööstuse 48, Kalamaja, Tallinn).
Performances 2.08 / 3. 08 / 4.08 / 5.08 / 7.08 / 8.08 / at 19.00