The pleasure of touring our major performances stays intact year by year. And when the long process from the initial expression of interest from a festival or venue till the performance finally meets the audience ends up with performing for a very positive audience and critics, it doesn’t get much better.
On this occasion, we were invited to perform War Sum Up, one of many performances we created in close collaboration with the Latvian Radio Choir, at the OzAsia Festival of Adelaide, AUS. The festival is Australia’s premier international arts festival focusing on Asia. This was the Australian premiere of War Sum Up.
We just received this review from The Advertiser (quoting Stephen Whittington):
“IF you think opera is antiquated art form in which tragic heroines take an eternity to die, then you need to see War Sum Up.”
“This extraordinary production from Denmark-based company Hotel Pro Forma is an example of how opera is being redefined, leaving old-fashioned opera companies struggling to keep up. The concept may seem unlikely – a Danish production sung in Japanese by a Latvian Choir – but War Sum Up transcends cultural boundaries in its contemplation of the devastating effects of war. The result is quite simply one of the most thrilling nights of theatre you could ever hope to see.”
“Everything about this production has the stamp of originality, honesty and dramatic insight without any gratuitous gimmickry. The result is completely engrossing, and the singing sublime.”
See more about War Sum Up here.