The one-act ballet by Richard Strauss was completed in 1914 for Diaghilev's legendary Ballets Russes, but did not achieve lasting success in comparison to works such as Petrushka or Daphnis et Chloé. And yet the exotic oriental extravaganza of the music, which all but grabs the listener by the throat with its power, recalls the brilliant moments of Salome and anticipates Die Frau ohne Schatten. Few have understood and interpreted the world of Strauss better than did Zoltán Kocsis, who in latter years methodically revealed the composer's lesser-known works to Hungarian audiences and was the instigator behind the première of Josephslegende in the autumn of 2014. 'We live in a material world which ignores transcendence or even regards it as dangerous, in which humanity exists only as material body and flesh, without impulses. Everything is cold and calculated, society is divided into castes, and everything runs with clockwork precision,” says Juronics. 'Into this world comes Joseph, with his own subjective view of the world, and his energy turns the order upside down.”
A work seen and heard undeservedly seldom will be performed here with choreography that is both eye-catching and stripped-down, against a stage backdrop wrapped in more than a kilometre of white silk, and with the collaboration of an exceptional ensemble of performers. The performance will take place under the baton of the renowned Hungarian-born, but foreign-based, conductor Stefan Soltesz.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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