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Transtromer as opera: Sweden/USA collaboration



Help us take one of the final steps to mount the world premiere of 'dromseminarium/dream seminar'. Our next phase of fundraising is for the materials and construction of the set. In this first opera based on 2011 Nobel laureate Tomas Transtromer's poetry, a cast of 14 weave through a stage design of porcelain and video projections in this supreme collaborative effort. Music by Norway-based composer Ellen Lindquist. Created by 22 artists from 7 countries and scheduled to premiere in fall 2015.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

From the start, set/lighting/costume/video ideas have informed the development process. We have raised the money to fund the designs and the designers are making concrete plans to complete them. We now need the money to bring these creations to life. For this next phase we are raising money to fund the needs of the set that will create the many environments of the show. Special fabric is needed for the video projections and the show must be flexible and nimble to travel to different venues.

How will this project solve this problem?

Funding this phase (ca. $25,000) will allow us to build the set, hire a technical director and have concrete information about our requirements for performance venues. Having this information well in advance of the premiere makes it possible to know where best to take our show for maximum quality, impact and success.

Potential Long Term Impact

'dream seminar' is the very first opera based on Nobel Prize winner Tomas Transtromer's work. In our work, there are 3 major artistic innovations: 1. The instrumentalists are a vital part of the narrative. They are on stage as full actors/movers. 2. The piece is un-conducted, which allows for a unique, intense interaction among the players. 3. The set designer (a ceramicist), together with composer & percussionist, created porcelain percussion instruments that are integral to the set design.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $13,298
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $11,702
Total Funding Goal: $25,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Companion Star Inc

Patchogue, New York, United States

Project Leader

Michael Douglas Jones

Patchogue, New York United States

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