WEAR - Opera by Alastair White

Bridewell Theatre, London, EC4Y 8EQ
Sat 24th August 2019
Combining contemporary music with high fashion and dance, WEAR is an award-nominated opera about fashion at the end of the world: in a future where the commercial use of time-machine technology has ripped the universe apart. Described as “spellbinding…an opera of rare imagination - and success” (Boulezian), this groundbreaking sci-fi uses the intersections between fashion, dance and music to explore the power of objects - and our changing perceptions of space and time.

A sci-fi fashion presentation at the wild, impossible edges of contemporary art music: Waiting for Godot meets Lulu for the post-truth generation.

Shortlisted for a Scottish Award for New Music, WEAR won critical acclaim for a “spellbinding” (Boulezian) and “beautiful” (The 730 Review) sell-out performance at the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival last year. This first fully-staged production features Kelly Poukens, “excellently theatrical and vocally excellent” (Opera Magazine), the “especially impressive” Patricia Auchterlonie (The Guardian), award-winning Susan Parkes (ROH, BBC Proms, Salzburg International Festival) and virtuosic pianist Ben Smith (ROH, Barbican, Wigmore Hall).

In a future where the commercial use of time machines has unwoven the fabric of reality - making acts of memory all but impossible - a designer prepares for their final show. The arrival of an old friend sets in motion a series of recollections of their lives and the work that gave these meaning - but what significance can anything have in such a world? As spacetime unravels around them, they are thrown into a collage of passion, recollection and dream - until all that is left are the objects they created.

Developed with the fashion curator Gemma A. Williams (author of Fashion China), designer Derek Lawlor (Royal Ballet, London Fashion Week), contemporary music specialist Ben Smith (ROH, Barbican, Wigmore Hall) and choreographer Max Gershon (Tate Modern), Alastair White’s WEAR draws together high fashion, contemporary dance, abstract theatre and musical virtuosity: to show a world where objects define their own truths, where anything can be believed, where garments seem more real than the people who wear them - and the strange, profound beauty that can be found in this.

"Accomplishment in both musical writing and performances was undeniable, even spellbinding. (...) an opera of rare imagination – and success. I am keen to hear more.”- Mark Berry, Boulezian, author of Arnold Schoenberg (Critical Lives) and After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from Parsifal to Nono

★★★★ "A beautiful show...I wholly look forward to what this talented company conjure up next." - Sam Lawrence, The 730 Review

Part of Opera in the City Festival - London's new summer opera festival from 20th August - 7th September at Bridewell Theatre

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