MICHAEL KIERAN HARVEY
with video by James Hullick, Rachael Thompson & Emile Zile
From Australian composer James Hullick comes a post-apocalyptic chamber opera – a one-man song cycle of humanity’s end.
Out of grim and perilous darkness, a lone figure emerges: a survivor of some global collapse, tormented by a cruel final dilemma. Luminous fl ashes of video animate his broken existence, as he pedals furiously to screen old home movies scavenged from the wastes. Punctuated by a minimalist musical score of baritone voice, piano and cello, the tragedy of his tale gradually take ominous shape; this is the way the world ends – not with a blinding flash or rain of fire, but a slow fading of the light.
Featuring acclaimed German baritone Guillermo Anzorena, Australia’s Michael Kieran Harvey on piano and cellist Judith Hamann, Bruchlandung is a bold and experimental post-apocalyptic chamber opera project by wild child sonic artist/composer James Hullick and filmmakers Rachael Thompson and Emile Zile.
Heavily influenced by the formal German lieder song and Japanese Noh theatre traditions, this haunting work makes its premiere at this year’s Melbourne Festival. Attendance is free, but booking is required.
Warning smoke effects, adult concepts, coarse language
Composer & Director James Hullick
Filmmakers James Hullick, Rachael Thompson and Emile Zile
2014 The Forge & Café Oto & London, 29-30 July
2014 St Peters’ Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1-2 August
2013 Iwaki Auditiorium, Melbourne Festival, Friday, 25 October 2013, 7:30pm
Proudly supported by the Melbourne Festival 2013. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
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