Sveriges Radio, Mitt i Musiken: 6 October 2011

Tomas Tranströmer får Nobelpriset/ Tomas Tranströmer is awarded the Nobel Prize

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Sveriges Radio, Mitt i Musiken: 5 September 2011

Tranströmers lyrik blir opera för första gången/ Tranströmer’s poetry becomes opera for the first time

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drömseminarium (dreamseminar)


Félix Pastor and Michael Douglas Jones, Västerås Konserthus, Sweden. Photo by by Henny Linn Kjellberg.

drömseminarium / dream seminar is a new piece of music-theater based on the texts of contemporary Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer and music of American composer Ellen Lindquist, produced by Companion Star, and developed collaboratively by an international company of musicians and artists.


drömseminarium creates an environment in which the spaces between the real and unreal elements of life are bridged, an important theme that appears throughout Tranströmer’s work. It is bilingual, mixing Tranströmer’s original Swedish with English translations (Robin Fulton). The cast of drömseminariumincludes two singer/actors and twelve instrumentalist/actors. A highly unique aspect of the piece is that all players, instrumentalists and singers alike, are characters in the piece, and also movers (with coaching from Swedish choreographer Helena Högberg). Set design by ceramic artist Henny Linn Kjellberg is a central element of the piece. Costume design is by Camille Assaf, and lighting design by Torkel Skjærven. Directed by Patrick Diamond. drömseminarium is a large-scale work, roughly 75 minutes in length, and is slated to premiere in September 2014 in Sweden.

Watch a video about the making of drömseminarium

Listen to music from drömseminarium:
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Romanska Bågar:

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Review: drömseminarium (dream seminar), 19 June 2009

“Ellen Lindquist’s music is consistently excellent: spacious, but also dense and rich.”
—Friday, June 19, 2009, Johan Lif, Västmanlands Läns Tidning, Sweden

“Ellen Lindquists musik är genomgående utmärkt: spatiös, men också tät och innehållsrik.”
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Review: För levande och döda (now ‘drömseminarium’), 16 June 2007

“When the process was changed to the artistic the results became magnificent. The final piece, Romanska Bågar, was billowing and beautiful, with a free rhythmic flow, richly-coloured instrumentation, and melodies that slid in and out of each other in shimmering balance. … For the Living and the Dead will be premiered in Sweden in 2009 — an event worth the wait.
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Romanska Bågar (Romanesque Arches)

soprano, bass, and chamber orchestra (flute/alto flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, trombone, harp, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, contrabass)
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