[Sarah Rothenberg] Sarah Rothenberg's The Blue Rider: Kandinsky and Music. Pictured: Sarah Rothenberg. Photo: Gus Powell.
Sarah Rothenberg's The Blue Rider: Kandinsky and Music. Pictured: Sarah Rothenberg. Photo: Gus Powell.

Sarah Rothenberg

The Marcel Proust Project



“A remarkably thoughtful program… the whole evening radiated uncommon care and intelligence.” —New York Times 
 
To create this genre-defying new performance, Sarah Rothenberg draws inspiration from Marcel Proust’s writings, the memoirs of his housekeeper Céleste Albaret, and the music, paintings, and places invoked in his literary works.
 
Conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg, this musical production includes performances by Nicholas Phan, tenor; Boson Mo, violin; Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Henry Stram as the Narrator; Nancy Hume as Céleste; with costume and scenic design by Tony Award-winner Marina Draghici; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and projection design by Obie Award-winner Hannah Wasileski.
 
In 1907, Marcel Proust famously withdrew to his cork-lined bedroom on the Boulevard Hausmann to write À la recherche du temps perdu, a remarkable portrait of fin-de-siècle Paris. In The Marcel Proust Project, Sarah Rothenberg recreates the author’s meticulous world, blending literary scholarship with illustrative compositions by Gabriel Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, Leon Delafosse, Claude Debussy, Frederic Chopin, Ludwig von Beethoven, and Maurice Ravel in an afternoon concert that is sure to delight.
 
“A brilliant idea ingeniously used” —Washington Post 
 
“Altogether stunning... Sarah Rothenberg is a creative and prolific thinker” —Wall Street Journal  (on The Blue Rider in Performance)
 
“A fascinating multi-media project... she exposed the live-wire connection between these two giants [Schoenberg and Kandinsky]” —New York Times (on The Blue Rider in Performance)

Work-in-progress performance
 

Frances Marion Platt previews Sarah Rothenberg's latest "multidisciplinary undertaking," the Marcel Proust Project, in Almanac Weekly.​