13-14 AUGUST, 10pm, Riverside Studios, London. Tickets £6 (£4)
Following the sell-out performance of AS I HAVE NOW MEMOYRE (2008) at Kings Place in February, Riverside Studios in London will host two performances during the Tête_ à _Tête festival of opera. Linda Hirst leads the cast, with Natasha Lohan, Nicholas Brown and Timothy Connor.
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What is it in the activity of making music that gives us access to our past? How does music find clarity in the muddiness of memory? AS I HAVE NOW MEMOYRE (2008), investigates the psychology of singing through the relationship between a singing teacher (Linda Hirst) and her pupil (Natasha Lohan). The performers build an installation-set during the show by suspending polythene walls from the ceiling and transforming the space into a nexus of rooms. The pupil assembles a bird chamber to make an aviary for a quartet of ‘birds’ that ‘sings’ eighteenth-century music. The audience is invited to wander through the installation while the performers decode musical notation with mirrors and trace salt-patterns in red paint. Halfway through the show, one performer leaves the space and begins her own, satellite performance.