Thursday 23 October 2014
As part of Premm’s ongoing relationship with Mahogany Opera Group we were asked to work on the design materials for their latest production – Brundibár. This playful score – to be performed by members of the Southbank Sinfonia and local musicians – leaps between Czech folk tunes, lively marches, polkas and waltzes.
What makes this production different is it has a cast of young performers from Jubilee Opera. Brundibár was written in 1938 by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása and was first publicly performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. As the unlikely survival of this opera suggests, the joy and beauty expressed in music and art can outlast evil.
We were asked to ensure the design represented that of Eastern European folk tales, as well as being accessible, surreal and representing working against the machine.
Brundibár will tour the UK in spring 2015, involving many more children across the country, you can find out more about it here.