Synopsis and Team
Composer, author and director: Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki (Denmark)
Choreographer: Marie Brolin-Tani (Sweden)
Set design and costumes: Jannie Rask de Vitt (Denmark)
Producer: KLANG – Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival
Premiere: 05-25-2017 / Folketeatret, Copenhagen, Denmark
Falling Awake is about being critical towards the narrative which one is being served with. The libretto is an authoritarian protocol, dictating the live and fate of a young daughter and her father, and they can do nothing to escape what is written. The opera pictures a normative in a family or in society, that gradually goes towards a more repressive direction without anyone noticing. To accomplish it the opera manipulates the audience with melodic beauty, to the point where the audience find themselves, deep inside the pancake house, singing along on a cruel exploitation.
"In the first place, FALLING AWAKE makes the spectator indeed completely fall for it and willingly surrender to the melodic and visual beauty woven into a seemingly trivial narrative. Eventually, it shakes us awake to face the cruel exploitation of a young girl in the opera that we’ve been uncritically following. Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki’s artistic strategy controls and transgresses spectators’ perception in order to reveal the mechanics of manipulation and social exploitation in a most tangible manner. A pertinent reminder and a plea for more critical approach to the stories we are part of in our life."
(Krystian Lada for the Jury Members of the 2018 edition of MusicTheatreNOW competition)