Daniel Schlusser | Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore…
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Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore…

Nature is a language — can’t you read?

An opera commissioned as part of Chamber Made Opera’s Living Room Opera series and Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye development program, Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore… brings Schlusser’s trademark “hysterical realism” into contact with the biggest elephant in the theatrical room: Hamlet. Stripping the language reveals Shakespeare’s architecture – a labyrinth of domestic power-play and erotic nightmare. Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore… is the story of Ophelia, a monomaniacal botanist, willful, unpredictable and in love with a self-harming sociopath.

Press & Reviews

“We see a fragmentary narrative of repressed erotic energies invading and exploding in this scene of idealised, aspirational domesticity. It’s orchestrated by a sound design from Darrin Verhagen that veers from silence to harsh ambient noise to full-on vocal splendour. Hamlet is the neurotic, self-destructive dominator (I thought of Plath’s line, “every woman adores a fascist”), while the two women closest to him destroy each other as they compete for his attention.”  – Alison Croggon, Theatrenotes

Credits

Conceived by Daniel Schlusser and devised by the Ensemble

Director Daniel Schlusser

Dramaturg William Shakespeare

Composer Darrin Verhagen

Designer Marg Horwell

Video Designer Richard Grant

Video Mapping and Operation Kit Webster

Choreographer Frances d’Ath

Producers Chamber Made Opera, Mind’s Eye – Bell Shakespeare’s development arm, and Daniel Schlusser Ensemble

Project Manager Sarah Ernst

Performers Karen Sibbing, Daniel Schlusser, Lily Paskas

Category
Opera