Darwin as opera

Although it is the capital of my country, and a great city, I have spent little time in Stockholm. Too little perhaps, but me and Lena finally spent a weekend there a few weeks ago. It was her birthday gift to me. That, and tickets to the electro-opera Tomorrow, In a Year.

The music to Tomorrow, In a Year was written by The Knife, a swedish duo I’ve been a fan of ever since the release of Heartbeats. So I was excited to see it because of the music, because of the promise of a modern and experimental opera, but also because of the theme – Charles Darwin. The context was Darwin’s travels with the HMS Beagle, the writing of On The Origin of Species and his life during these time periods. Yet, the opera was not simply about the man. The music, the scenography, the dancers were all resonating what Darwin’s writing expressed about the very nature and processes of life itself, and it’s relation to humanity.

It was very cool.

There is a beauty to the human struggle to understand herself and her surroundings, and in the understanding of life as a process of everchanging shapes. In how we, as shapes that are soon to fade, can take a step back and see the process that we are elements of and just witness the majesty of it all. This is a notion that is rarely expressed when Darwin or science is discussed, but the creators behind Tomorrow, In a Year did so gracefully.

Yesterday I found out (through a review at Dagens Nyheter) that the music has been released as a double album, and I’ve been listening to it all day through Spotify. It is very enjoyable, and some of the tracks has given me a feeling of meaning and depth I normally don’t get from music. If you want to experience something different and new, and don’t mind being challenged, I recommend that you check it out on Spotify.