“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 Schönberg
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.
Set & Lighting Design
Conceived of and directed by Sarah Rothenberg
Video & projection Design by Sven Ortel
Produced by Da Camera of Houston and Houston Grand Opera at the Cullen Theatre in Houston Texas in May 2013
select photos by Felix Sanchez