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Sunken Garden

 12 April 2013 at 7.30pm 

Sunken Garden

Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891


A world premiere and a brand new collaboration with the Barbican, Sunken Garden tells a multi-layered story of a missing person and those who are searching for him. What connects the disappearance of a software engineer, a neurotic film-maker and a gullible patroness of the arts? This new film-opera explores hoax and dark truth, with a libretto from Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell.

Composer, director and film-maker Michel van der Aa makes his ENO debut with this enthralling multimedia ‘occult mystery’, combining live performance, music, 2D and 3D film. Van der Aa’s technique of mixing live and recorded images and sounds have won him great international acclaim, with The Guardian praising him for ‘his ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole’. His prize-winning music theatre piece After Life premiered at the Barbican in 2010.

Baritone Roderick Williams takes the main role, conducted by ENO guest André de Ridder.

Apr 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm
7 performances. Running time: 1hr 40mins approx (no interval)
Pre-performance talk, Mon Apr 15, 5.15–6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs

Michael van der Aa : Sunken Garden

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