The theatre troupe Nico and the Navigators has been busy crafting a series of staged concerts. The Zeitfenster festival gives a rather elusive but tender and exhilarating taste of their work with “Angel's Share”.
The “Angel's Share” is the amount of whisky that is lost from the barrels during storage. This staged concert in the Radialsystem leads us to Scotland, the land of tipsy messengers from heaven and of devil's fiddlers on earth, a land that stretches along an endless horizon right up to the roaring Atlantic. Accompanying us on this journey are a tousled Englishman (Adrian Gillott), whose heart beats for Scotland, a dancer (Nadine Milzner), who looks a little like Cate Blanchett in her role as Queen Elizabeth, a wonderfully alert soprano (Julla von Landsberg) and the plucky Urban Strings, drawn from the ranks of the Academy for Ancient Music. They play Purcell and fiddle tunes from the Highlands, a mixture of courtly ceremony and the pub – and wonder at each other with the greatest of affection. Maps are unfolded, slides are looked at, glasses are stacked, before ultimately having whisky poured into them - whisky for all!
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