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From the other side of the mirror

From the other side of the mirror

Musical and theatrical portait for actor

and the music of György Kurtág

Original idea and performer

Mitch Riley


Ruthy Scetbon

With the music of 

György Kurtág


1 hour

Suitable for all audiences

From the other side of the mirror is a theatrical adaptation of music for string quartet by the composer György Kurtág. The works chosen are:  

String Quartet, op.1 (1959)

Hommage à András Mihály, op.13 – 12 Microludes for string quartet (1977-78)

Officium Breve in Memoriam Andreae Szervánszky (1988-89)

Six Moments Musicaux, op.44 (1999-2005)

Through the creation of this work, we are seeking to bring attention to this music and share it with audiences outside of the concert and recital halls where it is usually heard. We would like our theatrical staging to enrich this moment of listening for the audience.



The work is a portrait of a person. Four moments from his life, put under the microscope of the audience’s eye. Tense and awkward, this man never speaks, because in these moments he is alone. Alone before his own doubts, whilst waiting for someone, whilst grieving, and in the physical deterioration before death.

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