L'enfant et les sortilèges presented by Samling Arts at The Sage Newcastle, July 2015
Directed by Samling Artists Miranda Wright and Jean-Paul Pruna, in July 2015 Samling Academy Opera presented Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. This ‘lyric fantasy’ – The Child and the Spells – is a cautionary tale where a naughty child’s actions rebound as inanimate objects and animals learn to talk and seek their revenge. This fully-staged production with a reduction of the score for piano duet, cello and flute by Didier Puntos also saw Samling Artist Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson join the all-Academy cast in the roles of Fire and Nightingale.
Dena Lague, who has performed with Matthew Bourne’s celebrated New Adventures for the past decade, joined the production team as movement director and the opera was lit by innovative international lighting designer, Petr Vocka.
Director Miranda Wright
Music Director & Piano Jean-Paul Pruna
Movement Director Dena Lague
Stage Manager, Props & Costume Design Emily Bestow