Storyteller Matthew Crampton and pianist Olga Jegunova bring two mighty tales for a dark winter afternoon – the Greek myth of Diana and Actaeon and the Russian epic The Flaming Firebird and the Princess Vasilisa.
This is a new form of storytelling for grown-ups and young adults. While Matthew spins the stories, Olga improvises with Ravel, Glass, Beethoven and more. Join them for a remarkable delve into the dangers, and opportunities, of the woods.
The young hunter Actaeon in Diana and Actaeon stumbles upon the goddess Diana while she’s bathing. This so angers her, she wreaks a harsh revenge. This version – featuring a musical landscape drawn solely from Ravel – looks deep into the nature of relations between women and men.
Then lose yourself in the wondrous old tale of The Flaming Firebird and the Princess Vasilisa. Here, Olga draws on composers like Glass, Beethoven, Debussy and Pärt, while Matthew relishes the mystery woven by old Russian storytellers.
As both tales suggest, misfortune awaits the unwary as they wander the natural world. Sometimes the outcome is good. But often it is not.