Peer Gynt
By Henrik Ibsen

19:00, Tue 8th March 2022 - Sat 12th March 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 7

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detailed discussion of animal cruelty and/or death (i.e. deer hunting); depiction of kidnapping (forceful deprivation of/disregard for personal autonomy); death and/or dying; depiction of mental illness

Peer Gynt lives a life alongside princes, trolls and magic animals, but everyone knows he’s lying. The story he tells (whether you choose to believe it or not) is set to the iconic music of Edvard Grieg, reimagined by Duke Ellington, and performed live by a jazz band.

The play will be accompanied by a live jazz band, playing a version of the incidental music Edvard Grieg wrote for it in 1876. A jazz interpretation of Grieg’s suite was recorded by Duke Ellington in 1961, completely reimagining the iconic melodies with a whole new swinging character.

His story, a tragic comedy, a realistic fantasy, and a satyrical biography, spans an entire lifetime and half the known world. Along the way, he procrastinates, flees, explores, loves, regrets, and learns.

This would be the first time Ellington’s jazz version has ever accompanied a performance of the play. Just as the jazz version is a reinterpretation of Grieg’s music, I want to work together to make a fresh performance for a modern audience, with an entertainingly jazzy, jaunty, playful tone, in contrast to some of its more serious themes.

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