Piasecki wins international music theatre competition

The international music theatre competition Music Theatre NOW has picked Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki’s opera Falling Awake as one of ten winners in this years’ competition.

Photo: Alexander Banck-Petersen
The ten prize winners are selected from a roster of premiere productions from all over the world, focusing on works which are aesthetically innovative and reflect new developments in this genre.

The jury’s statement about Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki's opera reads:

"In the first place, FALLING AWAKE makes the spectator indeed completely fall for it and willingly surrender to the melodic and visual beauty woven into a seemingly trivial narrative. Eventually, it shakes us awake to face the cruel exploitation of a young girl in the opera that we’ve been uncritically following. Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki’s artistic strategy controls and transgresses spectators’ perception in order to reveal the mechanics of manipulation and social exploitation in a most tangible manner. A pertinent reminder and a plea for a more critical approach to the stories we are part of in our life."

‘Falling Awake’ is published by Edition·S and was premiered at Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival in May 2017.

The team behind the premiere was:
Music and Libretto: Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki
Scenography: Jannie Rask 
Choreography: Marie Broling-Tani
Puppeteer: Astrid Kjær
Ensemble: Lydenskab
Conductor: Jakob Hultberg
Cast: Morten Grove Frandsen, Sara Fusager, Ellen Kristiansen and Zhang Xin

The opera received great reviews, and the composer received the Augustinus Foundation 75 year Anniversary Award for his work. Plans are being made for an international tour of ‘Falling Awake’ in 2020.

About Music Theatre NOW
Music Theatre NOW is based in Berlin and the prize winners are invited to present their works at the international convention of Music Theater NOW at the Operadagen festival in Rotterdam in May 2019.

The members of the jury were:
Krystian Lada, Dramaturg, Brussels
Neo Muyanga, Composer, Cape Town
Shoshana Polanco, International Producer, Mexico City
Liu Sola, Composer, Beijing
Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts and Lectures at  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Read more about Music Theatre NOW here.