A PROUST SONATA (2016)
Enter the creative world of Marcel Proust’s literary masterpiece and the music, paintings and people that inspired it.
Sarah Rothenberg’s A Proust Sonata is inspired by Marcel Proust’s early 20th century masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time, and the author’s final reclusive years when he withdrew from French society to complete his seven volume magnum opus. Rothenberg interweaves text, music and image, evoking the fashionable world of belle epoque salons, Proust’s brilliant insights on art and music, and the connection between memory and the passage of time captured so eloquently in Proust’s great work .
Celebrated Obie-Award winning actor Henry Stram, as the Narrator, brings Proust’s prose to life on stage. Solo piano works, French art song, and Fauré’s sonata for violin and piano are performed within seven tableaux based on sections of the great novel. The abstract set, designed by Marina Draghici, creates multiple surfaces for projections created from paintings, photography and Proust’s manuscripts in this multimedia, interdisciplinary performance.
A concert of text, a theatrical presentation of music, A Proust Sonata merges art forms in order to illuminate a central theme of Proust’s novel – how art can triumph over time.
A Proust Sonata: 7 tableaux en musique
Works of Fauré, Debussy, Chopin, Ravel, Leon Delafosse, Reynaldo Hahn and Beethoven. Texts from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time and Celeste Albaret’s memoir, Monsieur Proust.
February 2016, Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, Houston. A Da Camera of Houston production.
World premiere: February 11, 2016
Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center
Conceived, written and directed by Sarah Rothenberg
Lighting design: Jennifer Tipton
Scenic and costume design: Marina Draghici
Projection design: Hannah Wasileski
Sound design: Bart Fasbender
Narrator: Henry Stram
Celeste/Francoise: Nancy Hume
Tenor: Nicholas Phan
Violinist: Boson Mo
Pianist: Sarah Rothenberg
String quartet: Jackson Guillen, violin; Jae-Won Bang, violin; Jill Valentine, viola; Sonya Matoussova, cello
Performance Excerpt I
Performance Excerpt II
“Its seven tableaux/movements echoing Remembrance’s seven volumes, A Proust Sonata is a dreamily evocative mood piece.” — Classical Voice North America