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Coup Fatal – A team led by Serge Alain Platel Kakudji and can bounce at the Vienna Festival Baroque music on African dandies

Life-affirming appeal
Kai Krösche
. Vienna, June 10, 2014 The ​​trendy glittering, golden curtains that adorn the stage of the Burgtheater on this evening, turn out on closer inspection to be a network of empty cartridge cases: a contradictory beauty leaves the Congolese artist Freddy Tsimba flourish there, on the fascinating ambivalence of the evening references. – Madrid Poppea

quotations2The sopranos Lyubov Petrova, Elena Tsallagova and the countertenor Serge Kakudji (Virtue, Fortune and Love) resolve in an appreciable manner their characters, thanks to excellent vocality and an unwavering ease onstage with which they didn’t characterize abstract parts, but three participants in a beauty pageant.”

“I soprani Lyubov Petrova, Elena Tsallagova e il controtenore Serge Kakudji  (Virtù, Fortuna e Amore) risolvono in modo apprezzabile i loro personaggi, grazie alle eccellenti vocalità e ad una indubbia disnvoltura scenica con la quale hanno caretterizzato non dei personaggi astratti, ma  tre partecipanti ad un concorso di bellezza.”

by Javier García Mauriño Múzquiz

Read the entire article (in Italian) here – Pitié

quotations2The actor that represents Christ (Serge Kakudji), countertenor of black race, sheathed in a t-shirt with striking icons, excited onstage with a dense and yet light singing, by his human and divine voice, that transports also those who perform with him.  Venerated and persecuted, he counts on the support of soprano Laura Claycomb and mezzo Maribeth Diggle, who represent the two fundamental women in the course of his life such as, acording to the traditional iconography, in the final trance, with his death and crucifixion in the episode known as the Passion.  The fragility of the suffering Christ, gathered up in the epistles of Paul, manifest themselves in the face of the protagonist, unforgetttabley effected by a dread, by the religious terror that concerns him in first person. His inconsolable crying shows us the human face, fragile, of the divinity in the flesh.”

“El actor que representa a Cristo (Serge Kakudji), contratenor de raza negra enfundado en una camiseta con llamativos iconos, emociona en escena por un canto denso y liviano, por su voz humana y divina, que transportatambién a aquellos que han de ejecutarlo. Venerado y perseguido, cuenta con el apoyo de la soprano Laura Claycomb y la mezzo Maribeth Diggle, quienes representan a las dos mujeres fundamentales en el curso de su vida así como, según la iconografía tradicional, en el trance final, con su muerte y crucifixión en el episodio conocido como Pasión. La debilidad del Cristo sufriente, que la cita de las epístolas paulinas recoge, se pone de manifiesto en el rostro del protagonista, inolvidablemente afectado por un pavor, por el terror religioso que le concierne en primera persona. Su llanto inconsolable nos muestra la faz humana, frágil, de la divinidad en él encarnada.”

Read entire article here (in Spanish)