This creation of Ute’s is a song cycle to the love poems of Pablo Neruda.
Born Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in 1904, Pablo Neruda took his pen name after the Czech poet Jan Neruda.
Neruda became known as a poet in his teens, and wrote in a variety of styles from surrealist to overtly political tones, as well as erotically-charged love poems. These poems are what Ute’s Neruda Song Cycle is based on.
Because of his politically charged activities and writings, when President González Videla outlawed communism in Chile in 1948, Neruda was forced into exile. In 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Neruda also collaborated with Picasso on highly politically inspired works, and Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.”
In 1973, around the time of the Augusto Pinochet coup d’état, Neruda was diagnosed with cancer and died the same year. Pinochet had denied permission to transform Neruda’s funeral into a public event, however, his legendary status prompted thousands of grieving Chileans to disobey the curfew and crowd the streets.
Here are some videos related to the project:
|Above: “The Saddest Poem/N.20” from Ute’s performance at the Palau de le Musica in Barcelona, Spain.||Above: The trailer and an interview with Ute about the project.|
|Above: Here is an excerpt from ‘The Saddest Poem/N.20’|
|•||Read a selection of Mexican reviews and articles in Spanish here and here.|
|•||Crickey.com – Ute Lemper | Concert Hall, Sydney|
|•||Broadway World Review Australia – Ute Lemper Brought Chilean Love to Adelaide|
|•||The AdelaideAdvertiser – Ute Lemper brings the house down with concert of cabaret classics and Chilean love poetry|
|•||774 ABC Melbourne – Radio Talk Show|
|•||The West Australian : A Cabaret of Love’s Passion|
|•||The Guardian : Ute Lemper: the love poems of Pablo Neruda|
|•||OutInPerth : Bea-UTE Mate! Cultural Cabaret with Ute Lemper|
|•||Greg Ross – Ute Lemper … The Hottest Vamp in Town|
|•||The Melbourne Review – Love Poems|
|•||The Austrailan (arts section) – Latter day femme fatale rises to the themes of love and liquor|
|•||Weekend Australian Review – ‘Rebel in a Red Dress’ – a great article and preview of Ute’s Australian tour|
|•||Cabaret Scenes, Joe’s Pub, New York City|