Klinghoffer marked Leigh Warren's first
major exploration of the interaction between live music and dance.
The work is based on the John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer,
which takes as its starting point the murder of the American tourist
Leon Klinghoffer during the hijack of the cruise liner the Achille
However, the opera's
central theme is not the murder, but the common longing of Palestinians
and Israelis for a homeland, expressed in seven intricate choruses.
It is these choruses that Leigh chose to set in Klinghoffer.
The extraordinary feature
of Klinghoffer was the use of the Corinthian Singers of Adelaide
- dressed in white robes and with white make-up and hair, the choir
moved on stage with the dancers and formed a living screen on which
designer Mary Moore projected ever changing images of desert and