WARSAW AUTUMN FESTIVAL 2019
DateSeptember 21st, 2019
Time19.30
PlaceATM Studio, Wał Miedzeszyński 384 street, Warsaw

DateSeptember 22nd, 2019
Time22.30
Place: ATM Studio, Wał Miedzeszyński 384 street, Warsaw

SCENATET performed ‘Gaze for Gaze’ – the acclaimed opera by composer Niels Rønsholdt – at this year’s Warsaw Autumn Festival. The opera premiered in 2017 in Copenhagen and has since then been performed at SPOR Festival in Aarhus i 2018.

OPERA TURNED INSIDE OUT
Gaze for Gaze’ is an opera about love, choices and consequences; A story about the nature of the love relation and especially its difficult sides. Composer Niels Rønsholdt’s thematic approach draws musical and textual inspiration from both popular music and the very early opera format. In a prosaic and accessible way, Rønsholdt challenges our common notion of what an opera is and can be. ‘Gaze for Gaze’ is an in-depth experiment with the opera genre, which, through a minimalistic reconstruction and re-thinking, is almost turned inside out.

The scenography is, like the opera itself, cut to the bone. A comprehensive and nuanced lighting design, which works as a key dramaturgic element, lies like a visual extension of the music. Light with glimpses of dark and dark with glimpses of light is used as concrete visualizations of the story of the opera. We are left with a sharp and refined opera that hits the sensory apparatus from both inside and outside.

The difference between the stage and the audience is dissolved, and the audience can expect an intimate total experience.

SCENATET AND NIELS RØNSHOLDT CONTINUE LONG COLLABORATION

SCENATET and Niels Rønsholdt have a long history together; many of Rønsholdt’s works have been written for and premiered by SCENATET, including his work ‘Me Quitte’ which was released through Dacapo records in 2016. This long collaboration has created a symbiotic relationship between composer and ensemble, which makes the impossible possible with remarkable results as a result.

WARSAW AUTUMN

Warsaw Autumn is a festival with a long tradition and a true witness to music history. It is the only contemporary music festival in Poland on an international scale and with an international status. SCENATET has visitied the festival before, latest in 2017 with Salvatore Sciarrino’s Infinito Nero.