Once upon a time, Sarah Rothenberg, artistic director of Da Camera of Houston, Sven Ortel, the gifted projection and media designer, and I (on sets and lights) created a piece called In the Garden of Dreams. This winter we present a revised version in Houston called Vienna 1900: In the Garden of Dreams.
An imagined Viennese music room where a solitary pianist plays Brahms’s last works gradually transforms into the symbol-rich garden of Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens. Drawing on Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, Strindberg’s A DreamPlay, Max Klinger’s Brahms-Phantasie and the sensual paintings of Gustav Klimt, In the Garden of Dreams moves from dawn (late nineteenth-century) to the dark of night (1908), from a protected Viennese interior to a decaying landscape where Schoenberg’s haunting monodrama, The Book of the Hanging Gardens, reaches its shattering conclusion as reality, dream, memory, and hallucination merge in the mind of an obsessed lover.
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