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.