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Rolf Wallin

Publisher: Chester Music

Urban Bestiary (2008)
Commissioned by Norwegian National Ballet
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Dance
Year Composed
2008
Duration
40 Minutes
Orchestration
Programme Note
Rolf Wallin Urban Bestiary (2008)
The bestiaries of the middle ages, the zoological dictionaries of the time, are astonishing reading. The Dragon, the Unicorn and the Mermaid appear effortlessly alongside the Lion, the Horse and the Cat. And the real animals are given very odd characteristics:

– The pelican mother kills her offspring. After three days she revives them by letting blood from her own chest fall on them.
– A dog that crosses a hyena's shadow will lose its voice.
– A snake that tastes the spit of a fasting man dies.
– The blood of a he-goat can dissolve diamond

In our time we know better. Or do we? Maybe we still hold an unconsciously mythological relation to the world around us, in spite of its modernisation and urbanisation? Perhaps many of the things we see and hear in the urban jungle contain hidden meanings for us, perhaps they carry strong histories of power, fear, yearning and bliss?
The Mercedez. The High-heeled Shoes. The Park at Night. The Cash Register. The Bus. The City Hall Bells.

The music was written for the opening season of the new Norwegian Opera in Oslo. It constituted the first half of Ingun Bjørnsgaard's new choreography for the National Ballet, Et moderne sted (A Modern Place).

R.W.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 05 FEB 2011
    Norwegian Opera, Oslo
    Det Norske Kammerorkester

    Other Dates:
    6 February - Norwegian Opera, Oslo
  • 25 APR 2008
    Urban Bestiary World Premiere
    Opera House, Oslo, Norway
    Norwegian National Opera

    Other Dates:
    26,29,30 April; 3,4,6-8 May - Opera House, Oslo, Norway

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