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To Maurice, June 10, 1928

In 2012  Transition and Lightmap teamed up with the Barbican, London, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Aldeburgh Festival, to create multimedia performances of Oliver Knussen and Maurice Sendak’s amazing operas Where The Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! directed and designed by Netia Jones.

This is a behind-the-scenes diary of ideas, inspirations and work in progress leading up to the performances in June, October and November 2012. Keep reading…

“he sailed off through night and day,
and in and out of weeks,
and almost over a year,
to where the wild things are.”
Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

all illustrations Maurice Sendak
all images, drawings & photographs Netia Jones

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“Children are the only reasonably sane audience”
Maurice Sendak

 

“It was inconceivable to me as a child that I would be an adult. I mean, one assumed that would happen, but obviously it didn’t happen, or if it did, it happened when your back was turned, and then suddenly you were there”

Maurice Sendak

“You can’t protect children. They know everything”
Maurice Sendak

“there is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality”
Maurice Sendak

 

“Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do”
Maurice Sendak

 

“When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.”
Maurice Sendak

 

“I love angels”
Maurice Sendak

“I’ve devoted my life to those other freaky kids who lick, sniff, and carry on over their books before they even read them.”
Maurice Sendak

 

“it’s a matter of reading between the lines”
Maurice Sendak

“a true picture book is a visual poem”
Maurice Sendak


“I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”
Maurice Sendak

“clinch with, and collaborate with”
Maurice Sendak

2-10 Where the Wild Things Are, op.20 – Fantasy opera in Nine Scenes – The Wild Rumpus_ _Now stop!_ (Max, Wild Things)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Knussen-Where-Things-Higglety-Pigglety/dp/B00005A83C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336211409&sr=8-2

“It is my involvement with this inescapable fact of childhood – the awful vulnerability of children and their struggle to make themselves King of all Wild Things – that gives my work whatever truth and passion it may have.”
Maurice Sendak