Franz Kafka remains one of the most original voices in literature and holds an enduring fascination, for contemporary composers as well.Philip Glass based his pocket opera In the Penal Colony for two singers, actors and string quintet (from 2000) on Kafka's story In der Strafkolonie.
Repetitive patterns, powerful harmonies, tunes full of rhythmic drive… These are typical characteristics of minimal music as it developed in the US and England in the late 1960s.
Koyaanisqatsi is a wordless film created by Godfrey Reggio in the 1980s that depicts the frenetic pace of contemporary modern life. Nearly 40 years later, the film has lost nothing of its visionary power.
Although opera and dance share a rich history, we are currently seeing new forms of artistic cross-pollination between the two genres in the opera world.Not only are directors collaborating more intensively with choreographers to visualise certain scenes in operas, but choreographers themselves are also trying their hands at opera directing. This is giving rise to a whole new wave of interpretation and conceptualisation of dance in opera.