Concept, scenario and direction: Sarah Rothenberg
Projection design: Sven Ortel
Ligting and set design: Marcus Doshi
Costume design: Marina Draghici
JOHN BRANCY, baritone
ABIGAIL FISCHER, mezzo-soprano
“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. Klimt’s sensual paintings and Max Klinger’s erotic prints are a window into a world of new ideas. A fully-staged theatrical production, 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. Drawing on Freud, Strindberg, and the art of Max Klinger and Gustav Klimt, 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 Book of the Hanging Gardens reaches its shattering conclusion as reality, dream, memory, and hallucination merge in the mind of an obsessed lover.