Premiere of "La belle Hélène" on Monday
On December 17th a Christmas production of Jacques Offenbach's "La belle Hélène" will premiere at the Universität der Künste Berlin. "La belle Hélène", otherwise known as "The Beautiful Helen" or "Die schöne Helena" is an opéra bouffe from 1864 that revolves around the ancient legend of Helen's elopement with prince Paris, which set off the Trojan War. Take a sneak peak at the rehearsals here.
Pictures from the rehearsals
La belle Hélène - Die Schöne HelenaStage director - Peter Lund
Musical director - Adam Benzwi
Scenographer - Madis Nurms
Performed by Florentine Beyer, Tristan Giovanoli, Florian Heinke, Ngako Keuni, Johannes Krimmel, Nicola Kripylo, Karim Plett, Denis Riffel, Timo Stacey
"La belle Hélène", Offenbach’s take on the on the well-known legend from Greek mythology, was an instant success with both the public and the critics upon its opening in 1864 and enjoyed an initial run of 700 performances. This operetta masks itself cleverly as a parody of antiquity but the brilliant music and suggestive lyrics deal with ultimately modern themes.
The Christmas production of UdK brings this popular operetta to the stage for one time only. The design spices up the timeless beauty of classical period Greek dress with contemporary cuts and street fashion. Costumes glow in chartreuse-green as a contrast to the delicate transparent materials and luminous golden jewelry.
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