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The Sleeping Thousand

Adam Maor, Yonatan Levy

26 September 2020

World premiere on 6th July 2019. 



Conductor Elena Schwarz
Stage Director Yonatan Levy
Stage Designer Julien Brun
Costume Designer Anouk Schiltz
Lighting Designer Omer Shizaf
Dramaturg  Amir Farjoun


Conductor Assistant  Antonin Rey
Stage Director Assistant  Amir Farjoun
Vocal Coach  Nathanel Bas
Computerized Sound Designer Ircam  Augustin Muller
Sound Designer Ircam  Serge Lacourt


Prime Minister Tomasz Kumięga 
Nurit, his assistant Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod 
S, Head of Secret Services David Salsbery Fry
A Voice of the World: Minister of Agriculture / Demonstrator / Cantor Benjamin Alunni


Orchestra United Instruments of Lucilin

"Since the war, I had difficulty being in the company of men. Sleeping was my natural state of being. It was thus that I lived fully and this fulfilment was as necessary to me as air is to breathing."
Aharon Appelfeld: Le garçon qui voulait dormir, 2011

A thousand administrative prisoners are on a hunger strike. The Prime Minister decides to plunge them into a sleep which will distract international attention. And that is when the thousand sleepers cause the Israeli people insomnia. Consequently, it becomes urgent to send an emissary into the world of dreams… Through their dreamlike parable, which oscillates between seriousness and lightness, the composer Adam Maor and the dramaturge Yonatan Levy, both Israelis, talk about a torn apart country, a multi-cultural society that its governing authorities no longer see as an organic whole, but rather as an irreconcilable mosaic. Their multicoloured opera is in turns whimsical and dreamy, to be premiered at the Festival d’Aix before an international tour, is shot through with one certitude: “there is no homeland other than the space between one soul and another.”





Commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.


A co-production with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Helsinki Festival, La Monnaie / De Munt and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. 


With the support of enoa and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Jean-François Dubos & JFD Associés. 

A coproduction with IRCAM - Centre Pompidou