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Legenda o Magiczne Perle (The Legend of The Magic Pearl)

The Legend of the Magic Pearl – an unusual soundtrack for a spectacle in the middle of a lake

The Legend of the Magic Pearl (Legenda o Magicznej Perle) is a project designed as a new format of entertainment – ‘an aquatic drama’.

In essence, it`s a mutlimedia spectacle set up on a specially build stage in the middle of a lake – with actors, mapping, lights, fountains and – of course – music. The show is a part of Legendia at Night, which is special, weekly event in Legendia amusement park in Chorzów. Directed by Jan Pomierny (known for his work as a producer on Ambition dir. Tomek Bagiński) and supported by a group of ex-Platige Image producers (Magdalena Pieńkowska and Łukasz Alwast), The Legend of The Magic Pearl was a huge and exciting undertaking.

The Soundtrack

Given the complex nature of the project, the decision was made to pace and build the narrative around the music – which basically meant that the score had to be written and completed before everything else. The choreography, mapping, lights and fountain programming were all timed and synced to my score. The writing process was a particulary rewarding experience – since there was no picture to guide my work (only the plot written out) I could do as I please in terms of timings of scenes, transitions and drama.

Without the constrains of the visuals, othere creative choices were limitless as well – intrumentation, electronic elements (the score has a suprising amout of synthesizers), guitars (with the fantastic Olo Grockocki) and all the usual, aquatic sounds we recorded with Kamil Rogiński (waterphone included – it is an aquatic drama after all !). The orchestral strings were overdubbed with violins and cellos (Piotr and Maciej Nermer).

The Collaboration

The Legend of The Magic Pearl was a different project for me for one more reason. Since my work has directly influenced all the members of the team, I was in constant creative dialogue not only with the director, producers and animators (Karolina Jacewicz), but also with Iza Szostak, a well-established choreographer and Bogusław Palewicz – a renowned lighting director known for his superproductions of Wagner` The Ring Cycle at Opera Wrocławska*.
Fun fact: I actually attended one of those productions – The Valkyrie in 2004 – I still have the poster !