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Requiem Scenario

Requiem!! is danced in three parts without an intermission.

Two characters are present throughout the work, M and Death. M represents Man in each section.

Part One shows the different ways man relates to death and its ultimate hold over us.

Part Two is lighter and more playful, in this section M is based on the character of Mozart and shows him with his domineering father and the two women in his life, Aloysia and Constanze Weber.

Part Three shows M as a modern man of today, different from and therefore isolated from the rest of society. In this part a suitcase is prominent, demonstrating that this M is a traveller. The suitcase provides a link between M as a modern man and Mozart, who also spent much of his life travelling around Europe to perform in concerts.

The work is full of signs and symbols for the audience to interpret in their own way – the black umbrellas carried by the dancers, for example, recall Mozart's own funeral on a rainy day in 1791, but could also symbolise protection, shelter or reassurance.

Birgit Scherzer has re-arranged the music for Requiem!!, both for dramatic impact and to create a new and original work, which is not just another interpretation of Mozart's music but stands on its own merits. Mozart had only composed the first eight bars of the Lacrimosa before he died and so it is this fragment of music which starts parts one and two of the production, with the piece being performed in its entirety at the end of part three.

Part One

“totsein – Tod – töten – tot”

  • Lacrimosa – Fragment
  • Confutatis
  • Recordare
  • Rex tremendae
  • Tuba Mirum
  • Dies irae
  • Kyrie
  • Requiem

Part Two

“Er-Innerung”

  • Lacrimosa – Fragment
  • Amen
  • Domine Jesu Christi
  • Quam olim abrahae
  • Hostias
  • Quam olim abrahae
  • Agnus dei

Part Three

“lebensgefährlich”

  • Requiem
  • Kyrie
  • Dies irae
  • Tuba mirum
  • Rex tremendae
  • Recordare
  • Confutatis
  • Lacrimosa