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The Independent Features L’Histoire du Soldat

Paul Horsley of the Independent recently interviewed BAS’ Elizabeth Suh-Lane about the upcoming performance of Stravinsky’s  L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale). It’s a wonderful overview on its creation, and while L’Histoire is deservedly considered to be one of the great works of the 20th Century, it remains a challenging, if rewarding, experience.

[It] was so innovative that even its authors didn’t know what to call it, and 100 years later it still baffles both the music and the theater worlds…. Despite its enigmas, L’Histoire stands as one of the great artworks of the 20th century, which is why none of us can seem to stay away from it.  

The article notes that BAS’ performance is thought to be one of the few to be staged in Kansas City as Stravinsky and librettist C.F. Ramuz, envisioned it:  a theatrical work “to be read, played and danced.” This performance will feature a septet led by a conductor, three actors and a dancer.

This unique experience is part of the JCCC Performing Arts Series and is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Polsky Theatre. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the JCCC Box Office.

You can read the entire article here.