electric voice theatre is an idea of mine which has grown and developed with an ensemble of singers, sound and stage and lighting designers over a period of 30 years to reflect our strong passion for contemporary music and its performance in live situations. I have always believed that classically developed music needs to change its interface with the public in order to communicate directly to people who could, given half a chance, relate to it instantly and deeply.
With this in mind, everything we have ever performed has been from memory. Up to 12 singers have battled with impossible scores – some intentionally impossible like Gervasoni’s “Pas si” – to make the music part of their souls. The results have been inspiring. What composer wants their work just read, when they could have it expressed, interpreted, staged, communicated and brought to life. This is what we have attempted to do, despite the huge amounts of time and rehearsal needed to make this work, particularly where the music is not theatrical or dramatic in the normal sense. This commitment from a team of highly skilled, versatile singers, prepared to experiment vocally, has brought collaborations with some of the great composers of our day – like Judith Weir, Mauricio Kagel and Berio (though that’s another story!).
This week we will give works by 2 composers with whom we have a long association, a London premiere. The Baghdad Monologue by Alejandro Viñao & Lonely Sits The City by Andrew Lovett will be presented in a programme entitled The City Weeps at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival on Thursday 18th & Friday 19thAugust 2011, 7pm. You’ll find us at Riverside Studios Crisp Road Hammersmith W6 9RL. Tickets £6 £4 concessions Box Office 020 8237 1111.
We hope that the experience will reflect our vision of communication and that we will get some feedback from everyone about it how to develop these ideas in the future. We get in to the venue tomorrow morning – so we begin sorting out the technical work……..