Upcoming Shows

Vienna 1900: In the Garden of Dreams

Feb 1, 2019 - Feb 2, 2019
Da Camera / Zilkha Hall

Music of Brahms and Schoenberg
Conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg
Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; John Brancy, baritone; Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Projections: Sven Ortel
Sets and lighting: Marcus Doshi
Costumes: Marina Draghici

"For a long time a form had been in my mind which I believed to be the only one in which a musician might express himself in the theatre. I called it, in my own private language, making music with the media of the stage..."; Arnold Schoenberg

In this immersive Da Camera original production, spectacular dream-like visuals and powerful musical performances transport you to Vienna 1900. Gustav Klimt’s sensual paintings and Max Klinger’s erotic prints are a window into a world of new ideas. More than a concert, In the Garden of Dreams takes you inside an imagined Viennese music room where a solitary pianist playing Brahms’s last works gradually transforms into the symbol-rich garden of Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens. In the Garden of Dreams moves from dawn to the dark of night, from a protected Viennese interior to a decaying landscape where Schoenberg’s haunting song cycle reaches its shattering conclusion as reality, dream, memory, and hallucination merge in the mind of an obsessed lover.

"Sarah Rothenberg Unravels Darkness of Human Psyche in Love-Obsessed Multimedia Spectacle"” – Culturemap.com

"No one word can sum up In the Garden of Dreams – the latest in a series of boundary-crossing performances devised by Sarah Rothenberg” – Houston Chronicle