Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child | 2012
World famous Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein' involvement as Production Designer for "The Child Dreams," a never before seen opera in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2010 was contentious. A violent production, the opera was written by Israel's most famous playwright, the late Hanoch Levin, and portrays the hopes and dreams of children in search of freedom and peace. For Helnwein, the child has always been the symbol of innocence and innocence betrayed, a motif that persists throughout much of his work. But when the Israeli Opera's creative team casts a woman to play the child, Helnwein must fight to preserve the opera's integrity and Levin's original vision.