I am currently developing an Opera work with Toria Banks from Hera.
The idea is to make a new, experimental work which takes disability theory as the basis for both content and structure, performed by an all-disabled ensemble of exceptional musicians, making voices heard which often go unheard both in society and in the musical canon.
Interviews from my PhD research will form the basis of a verbatim approach to libretto, with pitch and rhythm also being determined by the speech of the interviewee.
As Toria and I both have M.E. we are developing a working partnership which takes into account our requirements. Our structure is flexible, we allow for fallow periods, we allow for rests and we do all of our collaborations remotely. In fact, we’ve never actually met in person despite working together very deeply on this project.
Check out Hera’s page for more details.
Mahogany Opera Various Stages
Toria and I were selected to be a part of Mahogany Opera’s Various Stages programme for 2020. The workshops were intended to be face to face but as the Covid 19 lockdown was approaching I decided to work from home. The least safe thing I could do was to take public transport to the most populous city in the UK!
Luckily for all of us I’m used to doing everything by Skype as it’s basically how I manage all my bed based life. We broken people were rocking it before it became popular!
We had two really great working sessions with Frederic Wake-Walker to develop the structure and ideas in the piece.
Instead of presenting at the ICA, we put together a blog about the process which you can read!