ArtsWest offers a melancholy fairy tale for the beginning of winter: David Lang‘s Pulitzer-winning The Little Match Girl Passion. Its final two performances are this week, Monday and Thursday, December 19 and 22.
More about the performance from ArtsWest:
Modeled after Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, The Little Match Girl Passion is a modern, minimalist retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tragic winter fairy tale, [The Little Match Girl ]. With only matches to keep her warm, a poor young girl, afraid to go home to her abusive father, takes shelter in an alley on a cold winter night. As she strikes each match, wonderful visions appear: when the last match is struck, the girl learns that the end of her suffering—and her life—is near.
The Guardian called Lang’s music “entrancingly beautiful,” and ArtsWest’s performers John Coons, Lisa Mandelkorn, Randy Scholtz and Jenny Shotwell handle the material with great finesse and tenderness. It is accompanied with hip-hop choreography by UJ Mangune.
David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion
When: Monday, December 19 at 7:30pm and Thursday, December 2 at 10:30pm
Where: ArtsWest (4711 California Ave SW)