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A Moveable Beast (Pitch Project)
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Last updated: 2/11/2013
A Moveable Beast (Pitch Project)
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  Meredith Potter
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  Kate Alton, Neema Bickersteth, Momme Hinrichs, Reza Jacobs, Ross Manson, Torge Möller, Debashis Sinha
  Music, Opera
  Experimental Opera Theatre
  A Moveable Beast is a performance hybrid, showcasing the powerful Canadian soprano Neema Bickersteth singing and moving through a landscape of imagery from the past 100 years. An experimental transformation of the standard recital form, it is part music, part visual art, part filmmaking, and entirely theatrical. The goal is to present an alternative way to feel history, without reference to the usual milestones of power and politics.

Ms. Bickersteth is our guide on this journey through time. The structure is call and response – five wordless songs (Rachmaninoff|1912, Messiaen|1935, Cage|1950, Aperghis|1978 and Jacobs|2012), are answered on stage with projections (historical photography, time-lapse film, the actual audience in real-time, narrative film, etc.) and improvised classical/electronic music, played live.

This kind of history, the history of feeling, is our terrain. It is an innovative exploration connecting directly to the ineffable, the instinctual, the inexpressible. A history without words. A human history.
  60 minutes, no interval
  Not yet premiered
  15,000 USD plus travel and hotel for six people
  Final phase development assistance (residency or commission) and tour dates for 2014 onward.
  New York 2013 ISPA Congress
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