Curlew River

Lincoln Center White Light Festival
Calperformances/Carolina Performing Arts

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"This Curlew River is wonderful for the performances, of course, but fundamentally it is memorable and powerful due to Jones' sympathy to the score and the concept. Along with directing, she designed the set, costumes and video. She sees inside the pure core of the piece, and has brought out something marvellous."
New York Classical Review

"Netia Jones’s absorbing staging and design skillfully melded the ritual Japanese and Christian underpinnings of the piece with its intense human emotion."
Wall Street Journal

"In her production, Ms. Jones dispenses with masks and includes atmospheric, simple video images, which she designed, along with the costumes. The story is enacted on a platform. On one side, we see the sails and benches of the boat. There is a trace of smoke in the air, suggesting river mists but also chapel incense...As performed by Mr. Bostridge in this grimly powerful production, the woman’s peace of mind comes because finally she knows what has happened to him."
New York Times

"Jones performed her own miracles, designing the scenery, costumes and projections as well as the overall direction of the piece...In short, it was a performance quite unlike any other in recent memory."
Broadway World

"Curlew River invokes both Japanese Noh drama and medieval Christian religious rites. But director/designer Netia Jones’s brilliant staging showed that it is, above all, an crackled with theatrical life. Jones’s production conveyed both the work’s asceticism and its richness. The design and lighting scheme was entirely monochromatic, and the setting could not have been more stark: a single gray platform extending down the length of the sanctuary; a row of pebbles at its side to provide a path for the monks who are the ritual’s celebrants; a white sail at one end to evoke the ferry that’s the work’s main setting and central metaphor. But Jones’s Japanese-art-influenced video projections, serving as both scenery and commentary, brought their own kind of restrained beauty."
Opera News, Metropolitan Opera Guild

photographs Cordula Treml