TAN, Dun: Marco Polo (DNO, 2008)

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Marco Polo
Composer: Tan, Dun
Libretto/Text Author: Griffiths, Paul
Conductor: Tan, Dun

Arabian Dancer: Mu, Na
Chinese Dancer: Mu, Na
Rustichello: Zhang, Jun
Shadow 1: Zhang, Jun
Shadow 2: Kross, Tania
Shakespeare: Bryant, Stephen
Sheherazada: Kross, Tania

Set/Stage Designer: Kalman, Jean
Costume Designer: Figus, Angelo
Lighting Designer: Kalman, Jean
Choreographer: Linning, Nanine
Stage Director: Audi, Pierre
Television Director: Vermeiren, Misjel

Date of Production: 18-11-2008
Venue: Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam
Playing Time: 02:36:00
Catalogue Number: OA1010D
UPC: 809478010104

In Marco Polo, an opera within an opera, composer Tan Dun portrays the Venetian explorer's travels to the Far East as a journey of both inner and physical discovery, a voyage depicting spiritual experiences as well as a geographical expedition. At the same time the work, on a libretto by Paul Griffiths, can be seen as a compositional adventure of the composer himself, unifying the various cultural worlds he occupies: a blend of Western avant garde and Oriental traditions. Pierre Audi's mythical staging and Jean Kalman's fabulous set design complement the composer's own musical direction, forging the dazzlingly versatile soloists, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Capella Amsterdam to a stunning symbiosis of elements across time and space, a true testimony to cultures intertwined in globalisation.

Bonus features:

- Synopsis - Cast gallery
- The Music of Tomorrow - A documentary by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with the creative team and principal members of the cast.

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