Alice in Wonderland - Further information
David Henry Hwang, Unsuk Chin after Lewis Caroll
World première on June 30, 2007 in the Nationaltheater
Alice is dreaming. Consumed by curiosity and full of joie de vivre she sets off for a world which it is only possible to enter if one has the right key: imagination. On her way through this dream world she arrives at the house of the White Rabbit, with his waistcoat and his pocket watch, she comes across the hatter, the March hare and the dormouse at the mad tea party and plays croquet with the courtiers of the Queen of Hearts. In the light-hearted tales of the British mathematician and writer Charles L. Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, the philosophical and the nonsensical are closely linked. Generations of young children and people who have remained young at heart have proved his “Alice in Wonderland” (1865) to be a cult book which appeals to all generations worldwide. The Korean composer Unsuk Chin and her North American librettist David Henry Whang (the author of the successful piece “M Butterfly”) also succumbed to the charm and magic of this book. Unsuk Chin has caused quite a sensation in the last few years on an international level with her concert pieces and orchestral works. Her particularly colourful tonal language unites clear structures and expressiveness without detracting from the value of catchy melodies and instrumental virtuosity as means of expression. Light and colour are caught in the music of her compositions and developed into theatrical tonal gestures with a wonderful sense of the humourous. In this production by Achim Freyer, an artist among directors, the multi-layered story „Alice in Wonderland“ has its world premiere as an opera for all generations.
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