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Kafka Fragments

Acclaimed director Netia Jones presents a new production of Kurtág’s extraordinary song cycle, inspired by Kafka’s letters and diaries.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Kafka Fragments. It was last on stage 28–30 March 2013 as part of the Spring 2012/13 season.


Hungarian contemporary composer György Kurtág drew inspiration from the diaries, letters and notebooks of Franz Kafka to create this powerful work. Kafka Fragments is composed of 40 exquisitely crafted miniatures, scored for soprano and solo violin. The fragments, ranging from a few seconds to several minutes in length, are intense distillations of phrases and sentences collected by Kurtág over many years. Director Netia Jones, who integrates live visual projection and performance, brings this penetrating song cycle to the Linbury Studio Theatre in an imaginative new production. Kafka Fragments is performed by soprano Claire Booth and violinist Peter Manning.

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