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Jouska : A Psychodrama in Three Acts

by Joseph Franklin (2019)



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Jouska : A Psychodrama in Three Acts / Joseph Franklin.

Library shelf no. 782.14/FRA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"n. a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head - a crisp analysis, a cathartic dialogue, a devastating comeback - which serves as a kind of psychological batting cageā€¦ "

Jouska is a work in the form of psychodrama. Composed for The Music Box Project, the work dramatises aspects of both the individual and collective personalities, as seen from the composers' (subjective) viewpoint. The form follows a psychodrama curve-a method of psychotherapy developed in the 1920s byJacob L. Moreno. This includes the warm-up (Trialogue), action (Catharsis) and integration (Integration). A 'diamond of opposites' is employed in the stage layout, as well as the gravitational forces of contradictory 'characters', which are represented by indeterminate and determinate musical events. References to core psychodrama techniques such as mirroring, doubling, role playing, soliloquy and role reversals appear throughout the work.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, flute, trumpet in B flat, tenor saxophone, accordion, viola, double bass, triangle.

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — The work includes notated and improvised elements

Contents note: Act One: Trialogue -- Act Two: Catharsis -- Act Three: Integration.

Commission note: Commissioned by the music box project.. Commissioned for the Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music

First performance: by the music box project at BIFEM19: the music box project (Bendigo Trades Hall Council) on 7 Sep 2019

Prizes/Awards: Part of the project "Shallow Listening" - Winner of the 2020 Art Music Awards, Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.



Performances of this work

16 May 21: Australian Hall, Sydney. Featuring the music box project.

15 May 2021: at Shallow Listening (Australian Hall). Featuring the music box project.

7 Sep 2019: at BIFEM19: the music box project (Bendigo Trades Hall Council). Featuring the music box project.

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