Penelope Sleeps

Premiére date10 May. 2019
Produced byMette Edvardsen/Athome
CoproducersBlack Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen, Rosendal Teater
Running period10 May. 2019  
WebsiteBlack Box Teater

About Penelope Sleeps

Penelope Sleeps (2019) was an opera production by Mette Edvardsen and Matteo Fargion in collaboration with Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, BUDA, Black Box Teater, Rosendal Theatre, BIT Teatergarasjen, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen in Normandie oand apap-Performing Europe 2020. The text was written by Mette Edvardsen and the music by Matteo Fargion. The production had its premiere at Kaaitheater in Brussels in May 2019, and has since been performed at Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Stamsund International Theatre Festival, Almost Summer, BUDA in Kortrijk, Ultima Contemporary Music Festival at Black Box Teater in Oslo and at Meteor, BIT in Bergen.

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    More about Penelope Sleeps

    At the webpage of Black Box Teater the following, among other things, is written about Penelope Sleeps:

    "Throughout Homer’s Odyssey, the hero’s wife Penelope stays at home while her husband returns from the Trojan war. Her long wait, refusing other men’s advances, and passing the time by weaving, is one of the inspirations behind Penelope Sleeps, an opera in essay form by Mette Edvardsen and Matteo Fargion. By 'essay', the artists intend to present a performance in which opera is the starting point, without any of its traditional grand gestures and narrative.

    Penelope Sleeps is less a re-telling of an important part of The Odyssey, but more about the abstract relationship between voice and music, space and scale. Edvardsen's interest in language, and choreography and music as language, leads her to explore Penelope's inner voice and interior world, a mythical doorway to a place beyond narrative and destiny."

    SOURCES:

    Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 20.08.2019

    Oslo National Academy of the Arts, www.khio.no, 24.10.19, https://khio.no/events/913

    Black Box Teater, www.blackbox.no, 24.10.19, https://blackbox.no/tittel/penelope-sleeps/