Devised and Directed by Rebecca Chapman
for Hostry Festival
Monday 25th to Saturday 30th October 2021
Hostry Building at Norwich Cathedral, the Close, NR1
In its Tenth Anniversary Year
Total Ensemble Theatre Company
‘Overture in Action’
Beethoven was a fan of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and wrote the music for Goethe’s play – Egmont.
Beethoven was coming out of a long period of isolation when he worked on the music for Goethe’s play about activism, ultimate sacrifice and the fight for freedom.
Total Ensemble’s piece is inspired by contemporary themes, the musical structure of Beethoven’s composition and the characters and story of Goethe’s play.
Currently being created by Rebecca Chapman, Egmont will be rehearsed in the autumn, the process and rehearsal method celebrating and encouraging the ability of every individual.
A magical blend of media and art form; original soundscape, music, song, poetry, dance and physical theatre. Strains of the dramatic and emotive Egmont Overture could be heard in the underwater world of the sea god in Total Ensemble’s 2018 production,
Boy in the Lighthouse and we are very excited to be exploring this amazing piece of music in an entirely different way in 2021.
We have found the strength to join hands
Make a bond, a fellowship
Inside the smallest person
the largest of hearts
There is no life without death,
There is no death without life.
We live as one with everyone …
excerpt from a poem by
Written as part of a series of online workshops held by Total Ensemble Theatre Company during lockdown.