A WOMAN'S LOVE AND LIFE
A lonely man, tailor by profession, lives among his clothes, he sews, he cuts, he measures. He speaks to his dresses, to his fabrics, so as not to feel so inexorably alone. His body has a huge need to feel love, to experience it and such need disturbes his body. Thus, he falls in love with a dress, until he surrenders himself intimately. But what he has is not enough, he lacks body, gestures, it’s fabric without flesh. He decides then to put his body at stake, to be the woman he loves, to cross-dress. To be him, to be her, to be completed, to feel for the both of them.
A story told throughout two cycles “Liederkreis Op. 24” and “Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42” (A Woman’s Love and Life) by Robert Schumann, which haven’t been written to be staged nor to be represented together. A story told throughout two cycles “Liederkreis Op. 24” and “Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42” (A Woman’s Love and Life) by Robert Schumann, which haven’t been written to be staged nor to be represented together.
The sonorous, situational and scenic construction is intimately linked with a dramaturgical work that puts all of the pieces together. This is how it becomes a unique performance, where these cycles coexist, performed only by a singer with piano accompaniment.
The cycle “Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42”, originally written for a female voice, is performed in our unorthodox version by a baritone.
The body of a man, who becomes a woman as he performs this text, who allows himself to explore further, experiencing love, transcending its own stereotypes, the body’s eroticized state on stage.
Gender boundaries are blurred. Love takes place in bodies which allow themselves to change. Love is genderless.
Changelle consists in making coexist classical music and its rules with a contemporary, unorthodox and questioning staging. A latin take on German music and lyrics which explore gender boundaries.