Les Enfants Terribles

"This hybrid dance-opera spectacle is the last in Philip Glass’ trilogy based on the works of Jean Cocteau. Teaming up with choreographer Amy Seiwert and Media Designer David Murakami, Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel will create a multi-dimensional film experience that interacts with the performers on stage. Singers, dancers, media, and the original 3-piano orchestration figure equally in Glass’ experimental work. Les Enfants Terribles tells Cocteau’s story of Paul and Lise, a brother and sister inextricably connected through loss, who live in a world of wild creativity and sometimes dangerous imagination." "Brian Staufenbiel is Director par excellence. He fuses not only these many narrative and dramatic elements but the magical projections created by David Murakami. These include shots of Cocteau’s original line drawings, and the unique film shot by Staufenbiel, Murakami, Saskia Lee, and Joe Bourekas, in the San Francisco home of Betty Wallerstein. Inset into Sean Riley’s set and lit by Matthew Antaky, these intensify the drama as Glass’s score uncoils from the opening motif, intense, repetitive, and flexible." - Operawire

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