A formidable international production exploring the alchemical synergy of sound, motion and imagery.
Take an award-winning Danish choreographer (Kim Brandstrup) and ask him to create a modern reimagining of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s 17th century play Life is a Dream. Let some of the world’s finest dancers from UK contemporary dance company Rambert perform it, set to music by Polish composer Witold Lutosławski played by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Then, transform the space into a dreamlike world, with projections by US filmmakers the Quay Brothers, taking the audience from bare rooms to urban cityscapes, magical gardens and baroque theatres. What do you get? Well, a Nordic premiere and a festival closing performance you are likely to remember.
‘What if our ability to create and enjoy illusion is what really makes us human?’ – KIM BRANDSTRUP
Rambert | Kim Brandstrup choreography | Quay Brothers design | Jean Kalman lighting design | Holly Waddington costume design | Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra | Paul Hoskins conductor | Maria Angelika Carlsen violin | Christian Stene clarinet
WITOLD LUTOSŁAVSKI (1913–1994) Works to be announced.
Commissioned by the Bergen International Festival.
Co-produced by Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme.
Supported by Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber/AS Rika, Trond Mohn and H Westfal-Larsen og Hustru Anna W Larsens Almennyttige Fond