The Little Match Girl Passion [UK Tour]

20 - 24 October 2015
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Nottingham Lakeside Arts; Kings Place, London; The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Performing Arts



JS Bach Jesu, meine Freude (Motet No. 3 in E minor, BWV 227)
David Lang The Little Match Girl Passion for four voices (SATB) each playing simple percussion (2008)

Cryptic presents David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion, combining Hans Christian Andersen’s heart-breaking tale with J.S. Bach’s setting of the St Matthew Passion. In a unique presentation of this previously un-staged masterpiece, the tragic story of the little match girl is brought to life by vocal ensemble and percussion.

Reverent and gracious, J.S. Bach’s commemorative masterpiece Jesu Meine Freude acts as a poignant precursor to the fragile beauty of the little match girl.

snow, moon & flower

13 - 15 November 2015
Autumn Dance Festival, National Theatre & Concert Hall of National Performing Arts Centre, Taipei, Taiwan

This exciting new international collaboration between Dance Forum Taipei, Anmaro Asia Arts and Cryptic will produce a contemporary dance-theatre work that celebrates the piano music of composer, Tan Dun. The choreography of Iván Pérez Aviles and Ming-Lung Yang will be joined by 10 Dancers, two pianists and actress, and will be directed and designed by Cryptic’s Josh Armstrong and Cathie Boyd.

迴 HUI can have the meaning to return, to rotate, round,
to go back, to circle, to turn around, to come back.

The performance will uncover the traces that remain and the traces we create for the future—in the space between sound and silence. A journey through the seasons of life, at the heart of the performance is the continual return of the Moon and her influence on the water that is within and all around us.

in the time of snow, moon and flowers I think of you.
Bai Juyi (772-846 CE.)

Commissioned by National Theatre & Concert Hall of National Performing Arts Centre, Taipei
British/Dutch/Taiwanese Collaboration.