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Beyonsense : vocal theatre in 3 acts for 1-4 performers / Caroline Wilkins ; libretto by Victor Khlebnikov and Alexei Kruchonykh.
A playful vocal theatre piece complete with gramophone horn. A compère appears amidst the public, addressing them through a 'megaphone', and introduces the arrival of three characters from a crazy Cubo-Futurist Opera of 1913, 'Victory over the Sun'. We witness a rapid shift from one - The Bully, The Frightened One, The Aviator - to the next as they take the stage and sing their solos. The songs stem from Russian Cabaret traditions of the time. Act 2 takes its title from the Russian word meaning beyonsense - 'zaum' - and consists of 3 staged, short, nonsensical solos. Act 3 explores a more mystical side to Russian Futurism, invoking sounds and voices that border on the non-human.
The work's title alludes to its largely onomatopoeic source material, operating between the borders of sound and meaning.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (38p. -- A4 (landscape))
Difficulty: Advanced — Sprechstimme, non-semantic texts, both movement and voice required from performer
Duration: 55 mins
Includes performance notes and libretto.
Libretto by Victor Khlebnikov and Alexei Kruchonykh.
Sound Theatre engaging voice, pre-recorded sound, choreography, lighting and staging.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
her own works: 'Zaum: Beyond Mind' (2012), and 'Phonurgia' (2010), and Russian Futurist style of early 1900s. Precursor to Dada performance and poetry.
Can be performed by less than 4 people by doubling roles. Each Act can be performed separately.
This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.
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