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Three To See 2011: EIF dreams

By | Published on Friday 10 June 2011

Philadelphia Orchestra

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses picks her three dream EIF shows – that is to say, shows at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival where dreams are involved.

The Peony Pavilion
Du Liniang falls asleep and dreams of a lover she has never met, waking in despair, unable to find her lost love. This sounds like a fascinating dance piece from The National Ballet Of China, set to an original score by Guo Wenjing and performed by the National Ballet Of China Symphony Orchestra. I had a dream tickets for this were selling like hot cakes, which I have a feeling might have been more of a premonition.
Festival Theatre, 13 – 15 Aug, 7.30pm (9.30pm), tickets from  £12, eifpp7. Tickets from eif.co.uk.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
As the International Festival’s programme points out, ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ crosses the boundary between dreams and reality, making it fit neatly into my ‘dream things’ category. It also happens to be an adaptation of one of my favourite books by renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami. I also happen to be reading another of his books RIGHT NOW. Of course, you don’t need to know that. And it’s not compulsory to read those books either, as good as they are. But you might want to see this play, as, given the quality of the material involved, chances are it’ll be good.
King’s Theatre, 20 – 24 Aug at 7.30pm (9.20pm), 21 Aug at 2.30pm (4.20pm), tickets from £10, eifpp18. Tickets from eif.co.uk.

Philadelphia Orchestra (pictured)
The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Charles Dutoit, are performing twice at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, but it’s the second date I’m interested in, as it will include a performance of Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’, which is a) good and b) about episodes in the life of an artist, inhabiting a world of fantasy and opium-induced dreams. Plus, on the same night they’re doing Sibelius’s ‘Finlandia’, and everyone likes that, don’t they? AND you get Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Excellent.
Usher Hall, 31 August, 7.30pm (9.30pm), tickets from £12, eifpp37. Tickets from eif.co.uk.