"Wie man sich bettet, so liegt man" – "You made your bed, now lie in it"
  • Upper theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

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Charles Prince, piano and musical director;
Monica Arnó, voice; and Evelyn Estava, violin
And now for something quite different! A rare concert performance of songs of Kurt Weill.
Sung brilliantly by Monica Arnó, with Charles Prince at the piano and Evelyn Estava, violin, these songs create a special fabric of Expressionism. They span years of societal commentary, starting with Berlin in the interwar period when life was rife with political unrest, spies, incipient fascism competing with communism, and the rise of totalitarian regimes. The portrayals of unrest continues in songs composed in New York and Hollywood in a newly embraced ‘American’ style – a new land in post-war years, fraught with new social challenges and angst of a different sort.
These songs were written for Lotte Lenya, an innovative stage performer and singer, who was twice-married to Kurt Weill (the first marriage was interrupted by a divorce). Despite a tempestuous relationship, Lenya was deeply devoted to his music and sang all his songs. Weill and Lenya were in the vanguard of leading Expressionist (and post-Expressionist) art; their collaborative and social circles included Bertold Brecht, Max Ernst, Elia Kazan, and Ira Gershwin.
Monica and Charles have performed this programme in Vienna, and we are thrilled we had them share it with us. Songs included Mack the Knife, Song of Mandelay, Lost in the Stars, and Foolish Heart. This is indeed a special opportunity!
This concert performance was the third of three daily consecutive events in Expressionism (cont’d), running 5-7 May andcomprising film, visual art, theatre, and music.
Date: Saturday 7 May 2022
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 (pre-concert talk 19:00. performance 19:30)
Venue: Upper theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth
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Expressionism (cont'd)

Expressionism is one of the most intense and influential movements in art. Its defining characteristic is the artistic interpretation of the emotions that arise from experiencing daily realities, rather than a portrayal of the realities themselves.
Our festival Expressionism (cont'd) built on the success of Expressionism: Emotions Unchained and offered a unique integration of pivotal music, visual art, theatre, and film of this energetic and vibrant artistic era of unbounded influence. 

<p>Expressionism: Emotions Unchained, Illustration by BA (Hons) Illustration student Milly Gowan<br></p>
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