Falling Awake won the Music Theatre NOW competition in 2018.
The prize winners were selected from 436 premiere productions from all over the world, focusing on works which are aesthetically innovative and reflect new developments in this genre.
The jury’s statement about Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki’s opera reads:
"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 a more critical approach to the stories we are part of in our life."
Music, Libretto, Director: Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki
Scenography: Jannie Rask de Vitt
Choreography: Marie Broling-Tani
Puppeteer: Astrid Kjær
Conductor: Jakob Hultberg
Cast: Morten Grove Frandsen, Sara Fusager, Ellen Kristiansen and Zhang Xin
Commissioned and premiered by
Frederik Munk Larsen and Karin Hellqvist
I. Serenade (I miss you)
II. Proposal (tell me something)
III. Curtain! (only illusions excites you)
The musicians make live images appear from the music: A man inclines for a pair of silent lady hands in the window frame. The violin speaks his voice.
Reconstructed musical instruments simultaneously create music, words and images.
But some of the reality is always left out of the picture frame, since deselection is always til invisible twin of composition. Both children are born out of a betrayed world, that always cuts off the unintended, because it can’t be tamed or made up.
Pleasure is never found in clarity but in intoxication, in passion, in exaltation, in illusion.
The piece includes extracts from the poem “Serenade" by Edgar Allen Poe.
WARNING: The piece uses strobe lights.