Transtromer as opera: Sweden/USA collaboration

by Companion Star Inc


Help us finish our work and present 2 performances 'dromseminarium/dream seminar' at Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY. Using 2011 Nobel laureate Tomas Transtromer's poetry, 49 artists from 9 countries through supreme collaborative effort, have created a new Music Theater piece. Music by American composer Ellen Lindquist and performed by a cast of 14 singers and instrumentalists.
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It is increasingly difficult for independent producers and small art organizations to survive and gain support for projects that are about the world we live in today. It requires creative collaboration. We are raising money for our final work and 2 performances of dream seminar/dromseminarium to support our artist collaboration and our collaboration with a local nonprofit arts organization. At the same time, we are making a documentary film about our creative process and the performances.


We are partnering with The Gateway Playhouse, another nonprofit arts organization to use there theater/rehearsal space and housing for this production.This provides us with a venue for our rehearsals and performances and provide them revenue in an otherwise down period of activities. Additionally, Funding this phase of our work help us bring this multidisciplinary collaboration to the public and the world.

Long-Term Impact

Our collaboration with Gateway will be ongoing. 'dream seminar' is the first opera based on Nobel Prize winner Tomas Transtromer's work and fulfills our mission to create new works for the stage that refelct the world today. We will bring a new piece to our local community, provide a record of our work, create a legacy to the multidisciplinary collaboration that made all this work live and we will honor Transtromer's poetry. A documentary film will help us share our work world wide.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


Audio clips from 'dromseminarium /​ dream seminar'
Project history
Artist biographies
'dromseminarium /​ dream seminar' project website

Organization Information

Companion Star Inc

Location: Patchogue, New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Michael Douglas Jones
Patchogue, New York United States

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