August 1, 1996 | Banff Centre
Kafka's Chimp
Composer:John Metcalf
Librettist:Mark Morris
Synopsis
The work tells the tale of an African chimpanzee's capture and subsequent metamorphosis into a "cultured" Western human being. The seven instrumentalists are, to varying degrees, incorporated into the dramatic and physical action.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
The work is built on a whole-tone row. The result is diatonic with an avoidance of chromaticism except when called for in two specific scenes to make a dramatic point. The rhythm is an important aspect of the piece, combining elements of minimalism

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 6 principal roles; dancer; Orchestra: 7 players

Original Cast
Michael Douglas Jones as The Director, Frances Pappas as The Lady, Allyson McHardy, Steven Horst as Peter


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