Karlheinz Stockhausen's 29-hour opera 'Licht' is considered the most radical, ambitious and impracticable composition in the history of music. The legendary and controversial composer's magnum opus - which features hundreds of musicians and includes several helicopters - was deemed logistically impossible and never staged in his lifetime.
This film recreates Stockhausen's musical universe through the Dutch National Opera's ambitious attempt to finally stage 'Licht' in 2019. As well as following behind-the-scenes of the fraught production, it examines the life of this singular, musical maverick, delving into his polyamorous lifestyle, his all-consuming creativity and his turbulent relationships.
Illuminating for fans and newcomers alike, Oeke Hoogendijk’s well-crafted and entertaining film is a brilliant insight into the life of a creative pioneer.
The screening on the 29th of September was followed by a Q&A with John Constable, founding Principal Piano at London Sinfonietta. Hosted by multi-genre chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and music director Yshani Perinpanayagam.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ADVERTS PLAYED BEFORE FILMS IN THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN. ALL FEATURES WILL START PROMPTLY FOLLOWING A SELECTION OF TRAILERS.