She has done with the public, Ute Lemper, what spring does with the cherry trees? We think so. Just look at Saturday, October 4th spectators’ faces full of excited marvel at the exit of Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia. Ute had just sung the love poems by Pablo Neruda. Event of Festival Aperto 2014, the show of Münster interpreter is a change to his repertoire. She is the author. Melodies, vocal compositions, arrangements and entire artistic direction based on a personal project of the German artist: we have heard her sing in Spanish, the language of the Chilean poet, in which she, considered the heir of Marlene Dietrich, has poured every ounce of his class adapting the effectiveness of the delivery of origin to a hot Latin phrasing. Not only is Spanish, though, in this new creation of Lemper, who before Reggio has performed in Verona.
It is her to explain the origins of her “project of the heart“: “I chose these poems to celebrate love, passion and life. First I composed melodies and songs, which in my plans had to be the most touching and sweet that you could imagine, and at the same time I tried to not pull back in the face of strong emotions of torment. Implosions and explosions: the temperament of Neruda”. From the first minute to the last, it was made a genuine tribute to a man who has suffered years of exile from his country and from his beloved, despair, and the pride of belonging to a painful, expensive and bloody homeland, from which only, and only, may result in a burning attachment. Love, dominant feeling in all lyrics, both for his wife Mathilda or wasteland, melancholy and pain throughout the body of Ute Lemper, up there, wrapped in a silver skirt that the sound of the bandoneon makes vibrate. She seduces the audience, kidnaps it for an hour and a half in which we are in the Valli but we seem to be on a Argentina beach at sunset. There is only her, there, were it not that the musicians who accompany her are excellent.
In the middle of the verse, appears a poem titled Epithalamio dedicated to La Isla Negra, which evokes the atmosphere of that enchanted place. Perhaps is The Desperate Song, however, the text in which Lemper expresses a closeness to the poet, in the sensuality of words, meaning, reaching the pinnacle of her sparkling performance: here, where the feeling of love becomes destructive. Although it is the last text, Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines, that of the end of Neruda’s journey, the only one in which Ute admits to having changed anything, feeling that poem akin to its strings. In bis retrieves the mother tongue and here she is transformed into Marlene. A Blue Angel sinuous like a cat. Passes over the Atlantic and gives life to all that jazz atmosphere of Chicago and Cabaret, and chills. A woman who impresses. Capacity for voice, physicality, improvisation and stage presence. Performer in life? “I have not found yet the right man. Maybe is here in Reggio Emilia the right person for me?”.