Dido and Aeneas


Winner of the Birminghm Opera Prize Project 2016

This speculative project was set in a found space during the reign of the late 19th Century British Empire in a Dockyard, Dido is an Indian Princess welcoming refugees from around the world when British soldier Aeneas washes up among them.

Opera and fishing nets combined nautical and performance elements in this dream-like response to the tale, connecting performative elements with the transience of the characters’ lives.  These characters were metaphorically caught in the melting pot of the British Empire.  Nets were suggestive of the witches taking over and of the grief surrounding Dido her in her own home.  Aiming to displace audiences from everyday reality, almost nothing was realistic – giving a sense of a dreamworld.