The Spurt of Blood
Composer: Andrew Toovey
Librettist: Andrew Toovey
Other Artistic Personnel: Graham Cozzubbo, stage director; Michael McMahon, music director/conductor; Beth Kates, lighting designer; Vanessa Porteous, assistant stage director
Original Cast: Shaunaid Amette (contralto), Nanette Canfield (soprano), Michael Maniaci (countertenor), Nicholas Coulter (percussion), Peter Parthun (cello), Peter Stoll (clarinet), David Zambon (tuba)
Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: The Banff Centre for the Arts
Description: The composer uses a raw palate, stark, and filled with musical contradictions that seem perfect: At one moment a crude explosion of noise; at another, the melancholy cascades of the countertenor interlude using meaningless chant-like words developed by Artaud and possibly influenced by hallucinogenic rituals of the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, whom he visited. The idea of contradictions also relates to Artaud, the "man as artist"--the beautiful, spiritual, ascetic face with deep burning eyes captured in his film roles. Or the toothless old man that stares out of self-portraits drawn in the last years, after a decade of confinement as a lunatic. His writings, too, are full of contradictory opinions. At one moment a devout Christian, at another a blaspheming atheist--a violent revolutionary--rejecter of all overt political action; one who found salvation in sexual excess--sexuality as the ultimate source of all the ills of mankind. The work rests on a phrase which seems appropriate for all aspects of this project, Artaud talked about a theatre "in which there are no props." The music need not be rhetorical in its gestures but mirror the drama of words.
Length: 00:35
Total Acts: 1
Musical Style: Song cycle
Contact: The Banff Centre, Theatre Arts
Phone: kelly_robinson@banffcentre.ca
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Spurt of Blood (Toovey)
Wednesday, August 5, 1998 - Banff Centre
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