Shell Shock Opera

Whether you call it shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder, war creates serious psychological wounds. A hundred years after the outbreak of the Great War, European composer Nicholas Lens and Australian author and musician Nick Cave have written a new opera on this theme.

In twelve poems or canti they evoke the anonymous protagonists of the war in a highly personal and fluent style: soldiers, mothers, orphans, prisoners, etc. The testimonies of these individual characters, with whom everyone can identify, make the universal call for a humane and peaceful world.

The ‘choreographic directing’ of this international project is in the hands of the Belgian-Moroccan ‘choreographer of”the year’ Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

This new creation by La Monnaie has been incorporated into the official calendar of the Federal Committee for the Organisation of the Commemoration of World War I.

‘Shell Shock’ will have its world premiere at the Royal Opera House La Monnaie De Munt, Brussels on 24th October, running to 2nd November.