The Royal Opera House, Rich Mix, Open Senses Festival
Duration: 90 minutes
Designed for adults
A deep, luxurious and disarming piece for the music of Janacek, Fred Thomas and Kayo Chingonyi
An intimate and mult-sensory immersive music experience for Janacek’s String Quartet, with original music and words by Fred Thomas and Kayo Chingonyi.
In this work we play with the sense of your own body in space. We surround you in textures, lift you up, disorientate you, and deeply take care of you. We play with your centre of gravity, proximity to others, and knowledge of your own body to create a disorientating, active and highly intimate experience.
Janacek wrote this piece inspired by the Kreutzer Sonata.
Tapestries is designed to be a redemptive look at the female expeirence captured in Tolstoy’s novel The Kreutzer Sonata. Janacek wrote this piece to bring to life the the pain and anguish she experienced at the hands of the jealous rage of her partner.
We couldn’t help being inspired however by Janacek’s own questionable relationship to women through-out his life. His wife, who reportedly struggled with her mental health since Janacek had repeated passionate affairs with women and younger performers. As well as his challenging but definitive relationship to the death of his daughter, Olga.
We found Janacek’s deep, introverted and obsessive lifestyle as an inspiration, we followed and delved into his life and interest in intimacy and drew upon this as inspiration for our own interpretation.
- Directed by Stephanie Singer
- Key devisors are Eileih Muir, Anna Pearce, Ashraf Ejjbair and Linz Nakorn
- Food by Adam Thomason
- Perfumes by Sarah McCartney
- Musicians are Phaedra Ensemble
- Research inspiration – Janacek’s Letters, The Kreutzer Sonata, Professor Constance Classen
Disarming and wonderful
Thoughtful and unusual
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