What would you sing about if you had to sing a song? Imagine if you met a singing fox – what would she sing about? Maybe about something to eat – some kind of bird, perhaps? What would a fisherman sing about?
In the Fox Poet and the fisherman a fisherman meets a singing fox on the shore of a lake – but the fisherman quickly notices that all of the fox’s songs are about birds. The fox tells the fisherman to sing, then points out that all of the fisherman’s songs are about fish. Maybe we only sing about what we know – so the fox and the fisherman try to sing songs about their dreams and things they've never seen before.
The performance is centred around two song cycles (Histoires Naturelles by Ravel and Le Bestiaire au Cortège d’Orphée by Poulenc) with additional piano music by Erik Satie, including his popular Gymnopédie No. 1. The songs are sung in a new English translation by Jeremy Sams.
Come and meet Don Pedro Alfaroubeira and his caravan of dromedaries, the proud peacock whose wedding day keeps being postponed, the graceful swan who is trying to catch the clouds on the surface of the river and the grumpy Guinea fowl who wants to chase everyone away.
Captivating hand shadows and a newly devised narration link these beautiful, comical songs together into a magical, visual feast.