Act I Preview concerts will be presented in the Fall of 2016.
Scandinavia House NY – November 10th and 12th 2016.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation @ Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Death – Soprano
Knight – Antonius Block – Tenor
Squire – Jöns – Mezzo-soprano
Actor – Jof – Tenor
Actress – Mia – Soprano
Monk – Bass-baritone
Witch and Knight’s Wife – Soprano
– Corpses, ghosts, crusaders, the waiting wives and children, villagers,
monks, penitents, drunkards, guards of the inquisition.
Ingmar Bergman – The Seventh Seal
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“It may be folly to think that life and thus death could hold any secrets. With The Seventh Seal Bergman spoke to this modern query in a medieval setting rendered at once awesome and intimate in chiaroscuro. A knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), and his squire Jöns return disillusioned from the Crusades to the hysteria of plague-infested fourteenth-century Sweden. On the shore Block encounters Death and challenges him to a game of chess, playing for time to perform one significant act in life. What is timeless about this existential passion play is the humanity of its characters, who seem to shun allegory like a kind of narrative death: Block, whom the Crusades took away from the real—the only proof of God—to the torment of the abstract; Jöns, cynical sensualist who articulates the void; Death himself, a picture of inconclusiveness; and the dreamer Jof and his wife, actors traveling into light.”