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The Mærsk Opera

In collaboration with: Copenhagen Brains
Year: 2017

The Mærsk Opera is a documentary collaboration by SUPERFLEX, composer Anders Monrad and journalist Nikolaj Heltoft. A film work in three acts, The Mærsk Opera is based on true events leading up to the opening of one of the most controversial buildings in Denmark’s recent history. 


The charitable foundation of Denmark’s richest man, the late Mærsk McKinney-Møller, donated the Opera House as a “people’s gift” to the City of Copenhagen on condition of its placement on an axis from The Marble Church through the Amalienborg royal palace. A public debate about artistic integrity, tax deductions and the public's reception followed the building process and continues to this day.


A tale of power-brokering leading up to the building’s completion is told through a composition of documentary filmmaking, animation, and material realism, and from the perspective of improbable characters; industrious ants, sonically manipulated liquid, a drifting meteorite, competitive cliff-divers, and a dog named Lea.


The Mærsk Opera premiered at the 2017 CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. 


The opera score was first presented at the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center as part of the Copenhagen Art Festival in 2012.


Director: SUPERFLEX
Composer: Anders Monrad
Libretto: Nikolaj Heltoft & SUPERFLEX
Duration: 70 min
Subtitles: English

Still image from the film

Director SUPERFLEX


Composer Anders Monrad


Librettists Nikolaj Heltoft & SUPERFLEX


Producer SUPERFLEX Studio


 


FILM PRODUCTION


Assistant director Ribka M. Pattinama Coleman


Editors Copenhagen Brains, Ribka M. Pattinama Coleman


Color grader Dicki Lakha


3D animator Suzanne Soulier


Production coordinator Huynh Ngo Van Anh


Sound engineer Rasmus Winther Jensen


Mix cinema SDI Media


Camera assistant Thomas Woltmann


Hand actor Doug Leack


Dog Lea


Translator Margaret Malone


 


CAMERA OPERATORS


Johan Schnéevoigt


 Catherine Pattinama Coleman


 Huy Tran


 Le Tran Trung


 Michelle Ruiz


 


MUSIC PRODUCTION


Sound technician and mastering Mikkel Nymand


Conductor Jesper Nordin


Producer Jesper Lützhøft


 


SINGERS 


Nina Bols Lundgren


Sophie Thing-Simonsen


Rebecca Forsberg


Emil Lykke


Adam Riis


Simon Duus


Morten Staugaard


Bo Nanfred


Morten Lassenius Kramp


 


MUSICIANS 


Christian Westergård, piano


Rikke Sandberg, piano


Tanja Zapolski, piano


Hammond Manuel Esperilla, synth


Anders Monrad, synth


Rune Højmark, steel guitar


Ekkozone


Mathias Reumert, percussion


David Hildebrandt, percussion


Matias Seibæk, percussion


Mads Hebsgaard Andersen, percussion


Alexander Skjold, percussion


 


SUPERFLEX would like to thank


CPH:DOX


Tine Fischer


ATHELAS Sinfonietta Copenhagen


Edithouse


SDI Media


Simon Ellegaard


Caroline Sascha Cogez


Laura Na Blankholm


Danish Composers’ Society


Isabella Magnoni


Nanna Balslev Strøjer


Angela Adaix


Malene Natascha Ratcliffe


Soleyman Said


Gry Stangegård Schneider


Anna Barkne


Anne Hofmann Andersen


Mindaugas Reklaitis


Emil Ballegaard


Viktor Harald


KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes


 


Produced with support from the Danish Arts Foundation

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