Who are we? Where are we going?
I dreamt a life but forgot to exist
The last spaceship to leave a dying earth veers off course
and heads into eternity; her passengers are left to face
the emptiness within and without. Based on the epic poem
by Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson, Aniara follows
the physical and emotional voyage of this group, thrown
permanently off course, headed toward the constellation
Combining theater and composed music, Aniara explores
the relationship between disparate practices and genres of art,
while asking questions about our relationship to one another,
to Earth, and to the passage of time. Sometimes cold and brutal,
at other times touching, it is a ruthlessly honest view
of human nature.
“We’re coming to suspect now that our drift
is even deeper than we first believed,
that knowledge is a blue naiveté
which with the insight needful to the purpose
assuming the Mystery to have a structure”
Aniara: The Production
Take a look inside the development of Aniara,
from our February workshop
with Klockriketeatern and Robert Maggio
Photos from our space journey
with no end
Blogs from the team
Blog updates from the creative team,
documenting the process
of building this production
The structural fragmentation presents interesting challenges to us as we navigate the through line of this 90-minute work. We are creating a series of snap-shots ... a meditation on our purpose.
Aniara is a cosmic tale about humanity at the grand crossroads
Librettist and artistic director
I want to make pieces that help me make sense of the chaos.
I want to make pieces that remind us of the wonder of the Earth, even as we threaten that wonder.
I want to make pieces that allow me to see the world, and my emotional reactions to it, with greater clarity.
I want to make pieces that allow me to understand those emotions.
Aniara is doing – will do – these things.
Conductor and artistic director
learn more about the creative partners
in this ambitious project
“Catching the dewdrop
and reflecting the cosmos”
Text and Libretto
Dan Henriksson discusses Harry Martinson’s 1956
poem and our contemporary adaptation. With readings
from Klockriketeatern actor Matti Raita
Composing the Music
Composer Rob Maggio discusses the score
for Aniara, setting text from
Dan Henriksson’s libretto, and writing
for The Crossing
“When we dance the Yurg it’s evident
That everything Yurg is magnificent”
Dancer and Choreographer Antti Silvennoinen,
Artistic director of Wusheng Company,
discusses dancing, choreography for singers,
and the Chinese influences on his work
Christ Church Neighborhood House
Christ Church Neighborhood House is an arts
incubator that supports artists and audiences
by providing a platform for the creation and
presentation of new work; in addition to housing the
Christ Church Parish and Preservation Trust offices,
Neighborhood House serves a core constituency of cross-disciplinary performing artists
who imagine new and experimental works in their
120-seat theater. Our production will utilize the space
to create an intimate and immersive experience,
as we journey from Philadelphia to Lyra.