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ULTIMA: SOPHIA BROUS Comes to Den Norske Opera This Weekend

Performances run September 23-24, 2022.

ULTIMA: SOPHIA BROUS Comes to Den Norske Opera This Weekend

This world premiere, commissioned by Ultima, brings together an international ensemble of distinguished artists under the direction of Australian genre-defying artist, musician and vocalist Sophia Brous.

Mount Analogue is adapted for the stage from the landmark novella Le Mont Analogue (1952) by French surrealist writer Réné Daumal (1908-44). Written in the last five years of the author's life, the book has become a cult classic and was the inspiration for Alejandro Jodorowsky's film The Holy Mountain (1973). The book describes a philosophical journey to a symbolic mountain. 'The gateway to the invisible must be visible,' wrote Daumal.

Brous's radical 'provisionally utopian live performance event' examines the potential of transforming myth into reality, in an immersive performance workshop, theatrical reading, musical concert, and audio-visual installation. Begun in 2018, the performance is the next stage of a creative collaboration between Brous, US film maker Ben Russell and Academy Award-winning French sound designer and foley artist Nicolas Becker (Sound of Metal, Arrival, Gravity). The trio undertook a series of voyages across Europe from the Arctic Circle to the Aegean Peninsula to trace out a radiant path towards a mountain, culminating in a series of film and sound works. Mount Analogue is the latest stop on this adventurous journey.

Mount Analogue is set within an immersive landscape of 360 degree performance, sound foley, projection, custom-made instruments and large-scale scenography.

It draws from the mountain songs, mystical objects and vivid imagery found in Daumal's original book, in an experimental performance workshop of text, music and moving image, where exploration, exhaustion and ecstasy conspire with the audience's imagination to realise a path towards a mythical mountain.



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Paul Lewis Comes to Den Norske Opera This Month Photo
Paul Lewis visits the Main Stage twice during the season, in connection with his international tour - which includes all of Schubert's piano sonatas. 


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