Title

Speechless

Streaming Media

Output Type

Original Creative Work

Publisher

TURA New Music

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

26623

Comments

Hope, C., & James, S. (2017). Speechless. Port Adelaide, South Australia: Tura New Music / Vitalstatistix.

http://speechlessdevelopment.tura.com.au/

Description

Speechless is a 70 minute opera that is a homage to persons rendered speechless through political means.

In contemporary Australian culture, a number of cultural groups find themselves in positions of impotency, where they are left without a voice – legally, politically or culturally. Additionally, the populous is suffering compassion fatigue and often feels powerless to address larger philosophical issues. Speechless draws score and thematic material from the 2014 Human Rights Commission report entitled ‘The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.’ The work is an abstract examination of how wordless music – vocal and instrumental – can empower text that is hidden or suppressed.

Using graphic notation and experimental vocal approaches, the work explores vocal techniques that owe more to electronic music than classical voice, engaging a 30 piece choir and the Australian Bass Orchestra formed from low strings, bass guitars, bass brass, bass drums and electronics.

Additional Information

The world premiere of Speechless was performed at VitalStatistix, Port Adelaide, South Australia from 28th-29th July, 2017.

CAT HOPE | composer

AARON WYATT | music director

Produced by TURA NEW MUSIC

Development partner VITALSTATISTIX

soloists

JUDITH DODSWORTH

ALICE HUI‐SHENG CHANG

KUSUM NORMOYLE

SAGE PBBBT

section leaders

AVIVA ENDEAN | brass & woodwind

TINA HAVELOCK-STEVENS | percussion

STUART JAMES | electronics

TRISTEN PARR | strings

AUSTRALIAN BASS ORCHESTRA

BORN ON MONDAY | community choir

HOI POLLOI | singing group

production

ANNALISA OXENBURGH | producer

GUY SMITH | sound design

DAN THORPE | copyist

SALLY RICHARDSON | staging

DEBORAH MAY | documentation

SUE FENTY STUDHAM | stage manager

JENNY POH | deputy stage manager

JAZMINE HOPE SCUDERI | asst stage manager

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