a hybrid chamber opera/song cycle
25 OCTOBER 2013
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne
31 OCTOBER 2013
Goossens Auditorium, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney
JOLT MachiNATIONS Tour 2014
29 JULY 2014
The Forge, London
1 + 2 AUGUST 2014
St Peters, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
In partnership with Melbourne Festival. Supported by media partner ABC Classic FM and the Goethe-Institut Australia.
From Melbourne composer James Hullick comes a post-apocalyptic chamber opera – a one-man song cycle of humanity’s end.
Out of grim and perilous darkness, a lone figure emerges: a survivor of some global collapse, tormented by a cruel final dilemma. Luminous flashes of video animate his broken existence, as he pedals furiously to screen old home movies scavenged from the wastes. Punctuated by a minimalist musical score of baritone voice, piano and cello, the tragedy of his tale gradually take ominous shape; this is the way the world ends – not with a blinding flash or rain of fire, but a slow fading of the light.
Featuring acclaimed Argentinian/German baritone Guillermo Anzorena, Australia’s Michael Kieren Harvey on piano and cellist Judith Hamann, Bruchlandung is a bold and experimental post-apocalyptic chamber opera project by wild child sonic artist/composer James Hullick.
Heavily influenced by the formal German lieder song and Japanese Noh theatre traditions, this haunting work made its premiere at Melbourne Festival 2013.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
The project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.