You Us We All
May 15, 2013 · Print This Article
Greetings from Antwerpen, Belgium. We’ve finally begun the rehearsals for YOU US WE ALL, the baroque opera that Shara is (still) composing. Many thanks to deSingel International Arts Campus (one of our producing partners) for providing us with rehearsal space for the next 2 weeks and for hosting a couple of readings (please come!) on May 28 & 29.
Inspired by the elaborate 17th century court masques, YOU US WE ALL begins with ultimate theatrical extravagances: the music, costume and stage are rich with a contemporary baroque – exaggerated decorative flourishes, allegorical and historical references. Everything is maximalist. Even the language is a hyper-hybrid of Middle English and contemporary colloquialisms.
The work unfolds in a series of episodes in which the characters reflect on the meaning of their everyday existence. As the characters LOVE, DEATH, HOPE and VIRTUE parade through the masque of their lives, TIME destroys everything. Gradually facades are stripped away until, ultimately, the performers are without clothes, architectural context or linguistic flourishes.
music: Shara Worden
text, direction, design: Andrew Ondrejcak
performed by Shara Worden, Helga Davis, Bernhard Landauer, Loten Namling
with BOX – baroque orchestration X