A completely new way of understanding, performing and producing an opera play. It arrives on site, it opens up and the show can begin!
About this project
It is a completely new way of understanding, performing and producing an opera play. Gulliver is a fully equipped mobile opera stage that comes ready to play: it arrives on the site, the ceiling opens up, and the automated marionettes show begins. It is a free interpretation of Gulliver’s travels: the story depicts Gulliver’s quest to find answers to the deepest questions on human nature through a futuristic journey in space.
Gulliver is a fully equipped mobile opera stage that comes ready to play in a medium sized 6 m trailer. It arrives on the site, the ceiling opens up, and the show can begin. The marionettes will be moved by more than 70 little electric servo engines and more than 250 air pistons. No technicians or musicians are required, which makes it affordable and easy to move.
The libretto is based on Gulliver’s travels, a universal classic as a satire on human nature. It mixes elements of the children’s story with profound reflection about humanity. In that way, Gulliver Dream is a story for all ages.
Our Gulliver travels into deep space driven by his obsession to discover the origin of the gravitation wave: the origin of everything. On this journey he discovers four planets that confront him with four powerful questions: the technological overkill, the human desire, immortality, and wisdom. He deals with all that in his particular way. In the end he discovers the true nature of himself and his destiny.
The music is a commission to Australian composer Elena Karts-Chernin. It is played by twelve electroacustic programmable instruments.
The nine voices, including a children choir are recorded.
- Gulliver – baritone Joan Martín-Royo
- Glumdalkitch – mezzosoprano Clàudia Schneider
- Rei Eggman – tenor Antoni Comas
- Senyor Mondi – bass-baritone Carlos Fesser
- Immortals – countertenor Toni Gubau, Oriol Rosés
- Crows – bass Antonio Fajardo, Néstor Pindado
- Nanobots – children choir Anna Barreiro, Lucía Verger and Nerea Urriza – Escola Aula de Música 7, directed by Óscar Larios
Here’s a list of the main technical and artistic team behind this incredible journey, but there are many others (up to 96 people have been involved in the creation). We would love for each and every one of them to get a fair compensation for their hard and dedicated work to Gulliver’s dream, that is why we start this crowdfunding campaign.
- Idea, director and libretto: Roland Olbeter
- Music composer: Elena Kats-Chernin
- Video: Esterina Zarrillo
- Marionettes: Nico Nubiola
- Music producer and director: Carlos Fesser
- Robots sound concept: Urbez Capablo
- Technical preparation and marionettes handling: Kike Blanco
- Lighting design: Cube, Bz.
- Costume designer: Joana Poulastrou/studi Chu Uroz
- Translations: Rosina Nogales
- Libretto collaborators: Silke Dörner, Christoph Goldmann, Christiane Mannini, Albert Mauri.
- Control design and software: Urbez Capablo
- Theater engineering: Simeó Ubach
- Technical assistants: Félix Herrero, Borja Casanovas
- Graphic design: Albert Claret
- Community manager: Tomàs Morató
- Crowdfunding manager: Laia Guinjoan
- Production: Isabel Castellet
Risks and challenges
We would like to compensate our team for their hard work on this opera play. Everyone involved has given their very best for this project to come true, setting the main priority on the technical development of the mobile stage, the music and all the automated elements so they can see the light on July 8th at the GREC Festival in Barcelona.
We would love for you to help us reward this dream team for their hard and creative work: our main challenge is to keep our staff so the opera can move onto touring the world after its opening days in Barcelona.