When the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died in New York in 1953, a mere 39 years old, he was already a legend – at least in the English-speaking world: as a performer of his own works to full houses and as an author and director of "Under Milk Wood", his famous "Play for Voices".
The cult figure Thomas, a poet who worked doggedly on his poetry, came to fame above all thanks to his recitations. Wherever the opportunity arose, in bars, theatres, on the radio or at universities, he lent his own unmistakable voice to his work: ardent, imploring, vehement and intoxicating, as though a power from other, archaic times were flowing through him.
Peter Carp’s production sets out to make Dylan Thomas´ voice heard once again. On the one hand by virtue of the fact that original recordings of Thomas’ readings form the basis for Olga Neuwirth’s composition that develops on and overlays the poet’s “songs” with electro-acoustic sounds. On the other hand because the actors are created from the different voices of the poet.
"Abenteuer in Sachen Haut" is therefore not least also a celebration of the human voice and thus a perfect addition to this year’s herbst literature programme, whose motto – Am Anfang war der Laut (In the Beginning was the Sound) – is equally a valid characterisation of Dylan Thomas’ work.
The World of Dylan Thomas