A Dog’s Heart

  • DNO, Amsterdam, 2010
  • ENO, London, 2010

Complicite’s Simon McBurney directs his first opera, a co-production between Complicite and the Dutch National Opera.  Dog’s Heart is a new opera by Russian composer Sasha Raskatov, based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s short story, The Heart of a Dog.

Moscow, 1925, a Stray dog is taken from the street by seemingly respectable professors who turn him in to a literal and metaphorical monster that consumes everything, the story is seen as an allegory on post-revolutionary Soviet political and power structure.

The video is a mixture of live and recorded footage with a great deal of stop frame animation that is used along with everything on stage to build by hand the world of the show.