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Opened 26 January 2006, closed 4 February 2006 at the Old Vic Theatre in London
The Motion Group in a co-production with The Old Vic Theatre Company and in association with The National Theatre of Iraq present the London Premiere of Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale in a new translation directed by Andrew Steggall.
Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) is presented in a new translation by Abdulkareem Kasid and Rebecca Lenkiewicz in both English and Arabic, the languages and styles conveying different but equally compelling voices.
Stravinsky composed The Soldier's Tale in 1918 in the midst of war torn Europe. Working with writer Ramuz, Stravinsky wove his musical composition with the Faustian story of a Soldier who sells his soul to the devil in return for infinite wealth. This new narrative will honour the original, but through conversations with the artists, friends and colleagues in Iraq hope to uncover new stories celebrating the common and uncommon stories of those involved.
Last year the The Motion Group presented Jeremy Sams' translation of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale as a one-off event at The Old Vic Theatre. This new production of The Soldier's Tale will demonstrate solidarity with artists in Iraq and encourage mutuality and collaboration between theatre and music practitioners in both countries and help develop the post-war cultural life in Iraq through shared skills and experiences.
Director Andrew Steggall has made several trips to Iraq to carry out castings in Baghdad and workshops with the actors in Kurdistan. He has secured three talented Iraqi actors - Alaa Rasheed, Falah Fayeh and Dhiaa Ouda - and they will join Julian Glover, Martin Marquez and Ciaran McMenamin in the cast.
Following its run in the West End it is hoped that the production will tour to Paris, Berlin, New York and Baghdad.