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i, object: open rehearsal

CITY MUSIC FOUNDATION

Thursday, 30 November 2017 from 16:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

i, object: open rehearsal

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Ahead of the evening performance of the operas, there will be an open dress rehearsal during which audience members can see both operas in full, as well as watching the workings of CMF production company. 


I OBJECT: AN OPERA DOUBLE BILL


An opera double bill presenting Michael Nyman's minimalist The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1986) and Kate Whitley's Unknown Position (2011). 

Whitley’s Unknown Position was inspired by Erika Eiffel, who famously married the Eiffel Tower in a real life example of object sexuality or objectophila. In the libretto, by Emma Hogan, the woman portrayed falls in love with a chair.

Central to each opera are elegiac moments of musical insight into the unknown territory of how the characters experience life. In Dr P’s beautiful ‘River’ aria, he describes “seeing” a scene which is in fact completely within his mind, and in Unknown Position the stunning love aria subverts the normal, as the love object of the serenade is a chair.

Originally premiered in London at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1986, this new production of Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat will return to the same venue, 31 years later.

Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat is adapted by librettist Christopher Rawlence from a case study by Oliver Sacks, the renowned neurologist who died last year, concerning events of Dr P, a music professor, who has gradually lost the ability to comprehend or interpret what he sees, a neurological deficit known as ‘visual agnosia’.



PANEL DISCUSSION (1800)

The evening's performance will be preceded by a panel discussion, exploring some of the reasoning behind not only the cognitive and relationship issues displayed within the libretti, but also how the music is influenced by these issues. The panel will include:

  • Ian Ritchie (chairman), curator of Setubal Festival and The Musical Brain

  • Chris Rawlence, librettist of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

  • Professor Lauren Stewart, professor and co-director of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain, Goldsmiths University, researcher into the cognitive neuroscience of music

  • Professor Jonathan Cole, Consultant in clinical neurophysiology and former colleague of Oliver Sack





INFORMATION AND TICKETS FOR THE PANEL DISCUSSION AVAILABLE HERE

INFORMATION AND TICKETS FOR THE PERFORMANCE AVAILABLE HERE

Do you have questions about i, object: open rehearsal? Contact CITY MUSIC FOUNDATION

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    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    The Mall
    SW1Y 5AH London
    United Kingdom

    Thursday, 30 November 2017 from 16:00 to 17:30 (GMT)


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    CITY MUSIC FOUNDATION

    The City Music Foundation provides professional musicians in the UK in the early stages of their careers with expert advice, guidance and support to help them to build successful careers in music.

    Through its extensive networks and access to the City of London and its cultural institutions, the City Music Foundation supports soloists and small groups in classical, jazz, folk or world music genres and creates individual programmes to cater to their specific needs. Over a two year period the successful applicants receive a bespoke professional development programme including performance opportunities, mentoring from experience artists in their fields and business experts, professional skills workshops, and marketing and publicity support.

    For more information please visit www.citymusicfoundation.org

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