Date(s) - 06/01/2017
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The name Nannerl Mozart has been a footnote in classical music history, but Sylvia Milo’s award-winning play THE OTHER MOZART reveals the extraordinary talents and rich inner life of Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart’s sister, whose artistry was stifled and whose compositions were ultimately lost to the world because of her gender. The monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (designed by Magdalena Dabrowska from the National Theater of Poland). Directed by Isaac Byrne, THE OTHER MOZART is based on facts, stories and thoughts culled from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters. This poetic and poignant production features music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Marianna Martines, (a female composer who inspired Nannerl), along with original music written for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (featured composers of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center). The modern music created for the play utilizes clavichords, music boxes, bells, teacups, fans and other objets d’art that might have captured Nannerl’s imagination.
A prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, Nannerl performed alongside her brother throughout Europe when they were children to great acclaim. But Nannerl was forced to give up her artistic passion in her youth due to the societal expectations she experienced as a woman. Her brother would rise to become one of the preeminent composers in history; while Nannerl’s own works were all but lost with the only indications of her talent expressed in exchanges between her brother, father and mother. THE OTHER MOZART is a multi-sensory experience that transports the audience into a surreal world of oversized beauty and delight – but also one of overwhelming restriction and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story.
Reviewers praise THE OTHER MOZART, describing it as “a gem of a show” (The Stage of London), “fascinating and irresistibly intelligent” (Theatermania), and “an arresting depiction” (The Londonist). New York Arts lauded the show as “one of the most remarkable theatrical presentations,” adding that “Sylvia Milo has brought off a tour-de-force in creating such an absorbing, intelligent, and sure-footed entertainment… brilliant!”