Composer Ellen Lindquist has recently completed composing the music for The Dream Seminar, a collaboratively-created chamber opera based on texts of contemporary Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. The work features an international cast of two singers and 15 instrumentalists, and is being produced by Companion Star Productions. (The artists hail from Sweden, Norway, the United States, Canada, France, Spain, and Australia.)
The piece is being developed in several stages using improvisational techniques to explore Tranströmer´s poetry while developing an organic group language. This language exists in dimensions of both sound and movement--members of the ensemble are `actors´, and the choreographer works with musicians and singers alike. There is a documentary film being made about the process.
Development workshops involving the entire ensemble have taken place in both New York and Sweden, accompanied by performances of the work in progress. National Swedish TV and radio have been following the piece´s progress, and the June 2007 performance at Engsö Castle in Sweden received glowing reviews. One recent work-in-progress performance took place June 14, 2008 at the Västerås Konserthus in Västerås, Sweden.