Tomorrow, In A Year opera je o životu Charlesa Darwina danske ekspermentalne kazališne skupine Hotel Pro Forma. Soundtrack je djelo švedskog benda The Knife, brata i sestre Olofa Dreijera i Karin Dreijer-Andersson (koja je u sklopu svog samostalnog projekta Fever Ray objavila jedan od najboljih skorašnjih albuma). U projektu su još surađivali pjevači/ce Planningtorock, Mt. Sims, Kristina Wahlin Momme, Laerke Winther i Jonathan Johanson. I zaista, uz mezzo-soprane koje očekujete od nečega što se zove "opera" ima ovdje šumova i avangardističkih efekata – zvukova iz prirode omotanih oko lutajućih vokala i pornografskih uzdisaja, kapanja kristala po koži gmazova, pozadinske grmljavine i općeg industrijsko-organskog ambijentalnog noisea. Vjerojatno će stručnjaci za "prave" avant-opere reći da je ovo malen korak za čovječanstvo, ali velik za pop-bend koji je aterirao u zvukovni pejzaž u kojem se mačetama sijeku jauci viola i čela, tupim noževima dere mjesečina s vjetra, kamenjem gađaju odjeci ženskih cipela u šumi a zvukovnim cijevima svijaju emocije na nakovnju.
"The world seen through the eyes of Charles Darwin forms the basis for the performance Tomorrow, in a year. Theatre production company Hotel Pro Forma’s striking visuals blend with pop-duo The Knife’s ground-breaking music to create a new species of electro-opera.
An opera singer, a pop singer and an actor perform The Knife’s music and represent Darwin, time and nature on stage. Six dancers form the raw material of life. Together with the newest technology in light and sound, our image of the world as a place of incredible variation, similarity and unity is re-discovered.
The opera-genre provides the DNA, the framework of the performance. It calls for large scale, and it forms a space where form and expression dominate. The Swedish music group The Knife creates completely new compositions that challenge the conventional conception of opera music. The musical form is experimental and exploratory, and much of the sound heard was recorded while in the Amazon Jungle and in Iceland.
It is written for three singers of different backgrounds: popular music, classical opera and the performing arts. They are the narrators and the main characters in the performance. The singers tell about Darwin and they observe time and nature as Darwin.
Directed by Ralf Richardt Strøbech and Kirsten Dehlholm, the visual and conceptual universe is formed by Darwin’s thoughts, experiences and letters. The performance is divided into two parts – analogous to the development and publications of The Origin of Species.
The first part of the performance is exploratory. It concentrates on observing the underlying sequences and relationships between image, narrative, movement and music used in the performance. The second part is a synthesis of the material. A completed image and totality emerge, before the performance again mutates and passes into new forms, as happens over time with all things.
The opera presents an image of Darwin that above all reminds us that the world is a place of remarkable similarities and amazing diversity. That over time - tomorrow, in a year, or tomorrow, in a million years - change is inevitable.
Time forms our lives, gives our existence meaning and populates the globe. Generations, eons and millions of years create the new and eradicate existences. Nature selects, invites and dares everything without limitation – Ralf Richardt Strøbech, co-director, Tomorrow, in a year