Kafka Fragments


Kafka Fragments website by Netia Jones/Lightmap 

“I am always trying to convey something that can’t be conveyed, to explain something which is inexplicable, to tell about something I have in my bones, something which can be expressed only in the bones.”
Franz Kafka

This staged performance of Kafka Fragments by György Kurtág for soprano and violin, created by Netia Jones and Lightmap, was commissioned by the Royal Opera House, London, UK. The text fragments and images towards the video design are collected here.
“Composition always has its own rules. What happens is what the composition wants, not what the composer wants.”
György Kurtág


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“Not really opera, scarcely music-theatre, yet more than a song cycle: the video artist and director Netia Jones’s staging of György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments is a small miracle of perfection…The black-and-white video projections are as exquisitely crafted as the words and music”

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“When your director is a video artist as resourceful and inventive as Netia Jones, and when your soprano has the charisma and versatility of Claire Booth, you get a very heady brew. The space may be ’empty’, but it’s filled with the most intense drama as Jones’s light-show interacts with voice, body, and violin.”

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” The staging homes in powerfully on the work’s sense of alienation, portraying the woman cut off from the world, nervously alone with her thoughts and feelings.” Financial Times

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“This is a fine achievement, mesmerising and unnerving in equal measure.”