Nordkraft has been transformed into an opera, and it takes completely new paths to capture the captivating atmosphere and the intense emotional life in Jakob Ejersbo's classic novel.
If you are interested in danish literature or film, there are good chances that you already know everything about Nordkraft and the book's gloomy Aalborg universe - a windswept underworld teeming with drug addicts, desperadoes and crooked existences. When Jakob Ejersbo's literary new classic emerges as an opera this late summer, the narrative takes on an extra dimension. Because what does abuse really sound like? How does the emotional soundtrack, framing drug addiction and the feeling of not fitting in sound?
This is exactly what composer Signe Lykke, director Anja Behrens, set designer Christian Albrechtsen and Copenhagen Opera Festival are trying to get the shovel under with an innovative and radically different grip.
"There will be recognizable lines, but Nordkraft as an opera will not be a reunion, because we do not at all want to tell the same story that many people know so well in advance. Instead, we focus on the emotional force - the human abyss and the unconditional love - which the book also contains, and Ejersbo described so ruthlessly, "explains Anja Behrens.
The opera is initiated and produced by Copenhagen Opera Festival and has been underway since 2016. It will have its world premiere during Aalborg Opera Festival, and it will - of course - take place at Teater Nordkraft, which is housed in the old power plant, which originally gave its name to Jakob Ejersbos novel. After that, soloists, musicians, choirs and scenography will continue east to occupy the Takkelloftet at the Copenhagen Opera from 25 August to 28 August during the Copenhagen Opera Festival.
The production is supported by Statens Kunstfond, Bikubenfonden and Det Obelske Familiefond.