by Gymnasium Hofwil
The "Winterreise" by Franz Schubert and Wilhelm Müller
When Franz Schubert (1797-1828) sang a "cycle of gruesome songs" to his friends a year before his untimely death, the music and lyrics sounded so foreign that the friends, stunned by the somber mood, shook their heads. The songs, deeply touching existential questions, moved his contemporaries. They do so in such a way that even today, 200 years later, they depict states of being of man: Where is my place in life, in society, in the political situation, where do I belong, whom do I trust and who is my friend? Or in general, can, and should, I form bonds or do I remain alone on the wanderings through life anyway?
By looking at the singer ego in the mirror of the "other", that of the early 19th century, but just as much that of the 21st century, the songs' themes are relevant today. "Winter" is always - the metaphor aims exactly, "journeys" can be multiform - the picture offers itself for many things, if one turns the look to these questions.
Production: Gymnasium Hofwil
Choreography: Niki Anjes Stalder, Vanessa Wüthrich
Picture: Anna Zimmermann