Karin Hendrickson music director
Jorge Balca director
Bloomsbury Opera Orchestra
HALEY Pacific Pleasures *commission
BERNSTEIN Trouble in Tahiti
Set in a typical residential suburb, Tahiti! tells the story of a young couple who, despite apparently having all the key ingredients for happiness and having been afforded all the opportunities to hold on to it and be truly happy, alas... are not. Using a range of dramatic strategies, such as physical theatre and puppeteering, Tahiti! explores the extent to which our lives are already mapped out even before we start living them. It questions the degree of agency we believe we have, and highlights our seemingly chronic resistance to making changes, even when current events force us to face the undisputable failure of our plans.