The East Complex is a three-act dramatic work consisting of an opera within a drama. The project is set up as a master project of Riles Walsh, MA Composition Royal Conservatory Ghent, and Stefan Aleksić, studying MA Drama at KASK Ghent. They are joined by scenographer & theatremaker Yannick Verweij and an international and diverse group of artists, students from various conservatoires and art schools, as well as young professionals.
Having escaped destitution in her hometown in the East, Agnieszka Petrowska, referred to as AP00275S, now struggles in her work as a cleaning woman for a complex of buildings in her newly adoptive country. In moments between endless loops of cleaning, talking to her psychiatrist, taking medication, being overworked, she imagines herself as a powerful god-like being in search of a perfect physical manifestation of the Western ideal.
Composer, Sound Designer, Libretto Adaptor: Riles Walsh
Librettist & Dramaturge: Stefan Aleksić
Stage Director & Scenographer: Yannick Verweij
Conductor: Ronan Whittern
Film Director: Liv de Coninck
Associate Video Designer: Joske Commandeur
Costume Designer: Leonidas Kanavetsados
Production/Stage Manager: Gijs de Jonge
Poster Image: Yannick Verweij
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