A documentary opera work which renders new contemporary classical music, jazz, folklore, documentary sources, video art, film, animation design and opera elements within an intersection to portray the story of a man searching for music's essential forces and thereby also his own destiny.
Throughout 5 etudes, a cosmic synergy between all the fragments is revealed in the very texture of the opera, which has the creative process as the soul of the whole structure, while the weaving pattern is transferred to a music paradigm. This means surpassing the idea of the final product and focusing on every single step taken along the way, staying true to the creative core, and developing the vision and concept, where the contemporary and the archaic unify into a wholeness to expose diverse angles of musical exordia.
It is said that Fridolin himself was a bit of loner. Therefore, with a tape recorder fastened to his old Nimbus motorcycle the Danish music anthropologist Andreas Fridolin Weis Bentzon embarks on a journey across Europe with one purpose in mind: safeguarding a musical tradition. The year is 1956, his destination Sardinia and the Sardinian folk music and dance – specifically the archaic triple clarinet called launeddas, which only few players master at the time. In an accelerated race against time he achieves his goal, the hunt seems prolific, and Fridolin becomes the first person in the world to document the extraordinary sound of the ancient instrument. Dansejæger/Dance Hunter is a deconstructed musical portray about the existential fear for oblivion and history's echo led up to the present, told and interpreted through Mauro Patricelli's edged and vehement compositions. The musical language is polyphonic, yet the main linguistic expression is in English - but also Danish, Italian and Sardinian are present.
The opera premiere will be presented at Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2016. Dates: 8th through 12th June as part of the Copenhagen Stage Festival.