Lost in the night, Pierrot wanders from twilight to dawn. Vivid illuminations pierce his melancholy.
As Schoenberg’s protagonist travels between three tableau – Moondrunk, Night and Homesick – he is caught in freeze-frames of newly-composed music which shed light on the themes of love, sex, violence, crime and blasphemy.
Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire was premiered 100 years ago, yet still sounds fresh today. In a theatrical production by new ensemble Dark Inventions, this seminal work is presented in a relaxed cabaret setting and performed with the striking English translation by Roger Marsh. Schoenberg’s three sections are divided and united by new music by the project’s curators, Martin Scheuregger and Christopher Leedham.