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Now that same spirit of protest angry, passionate, lyrical and beautiful is carried forward into our time, in composer David Lang's exquisite 35 minute The Little Match Girl Passion, which sets words from Andersen's story in the format of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Performed by one dancer and four singers, who also play a simple, haunting percussion score on drum, xylophone and bells, Lang's work, as directed by Josh Armstrong, emerges as a fiercely poignant and thoughtful short oratorio in theatrical form, which brings together dance, song, and powerful stage design to evoke an uneasy bourgeois society Victorian in dress and decor, but contemporary in feel shocked into mourning and self examination by its own fatal lack of compassion. Sung to perfection by Nicola Corbishley, Clare Wilkinson, Christopher Watson and Jimmy Holliday, the music is fragmented and yet flowing, full of stammered exclamations of shock or grief.
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design, drives like an emotional dagger towards the heart, challenging and thrilling as it goes. And the show, which is part of this year's cross artform Autumn Festival at the Traverse, is accompanied by a 25 minute duet for cello and moving images called World To Come, which in flickering textures beautifully expressed by cellist Oliver Coates seems like a close up examination of the little match Adidas Boost White girl's last moments, and of the possible glimmering worlds that lie beyond our last intake of breath. The abuse of a child is also central to the drama of David Harrower's great 2005 dialogue Blackbird, first seen in the Edinburgh Festival of that year in a controversial large scale production by Peter Stein.
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es of human experience, though, that children always unleash conflicting streams of emotion in the adults around them. If they're lucky, they get all the love and support they need; if not, their very need and vulnerability can generate resentment, coldness, cruelty and exploitation on a scale that has been the stuff of fairytale and story throughout human history. The power of Hans Christian Andersen's great 1845 story The Little Match Girl lies in the sharpness with which he places that cruelty in the context of a whole society that has become so indifferent to its own poor, and so bereft of any sense of common humanity, that it will let a little ragged girl die of cold in the street rather than pick her up and give her the food and warmth she needs. In the story, Andersen faces down the risks of extreme sentimentality and pathos to expose the plain, unbearable truth that blameless little children die in their thousands every day, across the planet, from sheer lack of care.
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