A new show at the Yale Cabaret will offer a fresh interpretation of music compositions from centuries ago.
Devised by Yagil Eliraz DRA ’16, “Solo Bach” opens tomorrow night at the Cabaret. The production, which contains no dialogue, will consist solely of four performers moving to live music for roughly one hour. Associate Producer Adam Frank DRA ’17 highlighted the organic nature of the show, noting that nearly all elements of the production were conceived over the course of the rehearsal process.
“No one came into the room at the beginning with a plan for what the final product would be,” Frank said.
Frank said that the ensemble has been in rehearsal for the last six weeks — a relatively long time for a Cabaret show. He explained that because the entire show was devised and assembled during this period, the production required more rehearsal time than most Cabaret shows do. Frank added that every member of the ensemble was instrumental in creating the show, noting that all of the actors are referred to as “performers” and “creators” in the show’s program.
Tyler Kieffer DRA ’15, one of the Cabaret’s co-artistic directors, said the show is very different from any of the other shows in the season because of its lack of dialogue.
“Usually with drama, we start from the text and build the world around it,” he said. “In this piece, though, there’s no dialogue — our script is the music.”
During the show, violinist Zou Yu MUS ’15 will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor” and “Partita No. 2 in D Minor” as an accompaniment to the performers on stage, whose movements were choreographed by Shayna Keller SOM ’16. Yu said that one of the main challenges of her role is playing 70 minutes worth of music in a darkened room instead of a brightly lit concert hall, which is a more familiar setting for her. This production, she said, is her first collaborative project with Yale School of Drama students.
Yu added that she thinks the show is a unique experience as it has no particular plot and is meant to be open to interpretation by the audience.
“The performers are using their body language to interpret their stories, and I am using my music to interpret the same emotions that they are trying to portray,” Yu said.
Kieffer said that shows like “Solo Bach” embody the Cabaret’s role as a venue that Yale School of Drama students can use to experiment with different creative mediums.
Performances of “Solo Bach” will run through Saturday.