“All sorts of sonic experiments in the speaking or chanting of the choruses are not only permissible but to be encouraged. For instance, after a first straight hearing, the words can be fragmented into various patterns of repetition, cross-cutting, over-lapping, truncation and so on…. the choice of music is crucial. There should be music throughout the drama: introducing scenes, repeating themes, coming in and out of both dialogue and choruses.”

 Paul Roche, on performing Euripides, 1998


Theodor W. Adorno once suggested that all artworks are “a message in a bottle”: pertaining, that is, to a content that cannot guarantee its arrival, reception or comprehension.  Likewise, any statement, as is now clear from our current culture of tweets or soundbites, is also a perilous undertaking, with the channels of communication neither allowing clear articulation of intention nor an unambiguous dissemination of message.  This is the starting point of ‘Aphorisms’, a new collaborative performance piece for singer, speakers, instrumentalists, movement and video, including staff, students and alumni from the Music and Fine Art courses at Anglia.  It explores language/speech/word/address within the context of an abstract composition of sound and image.  Fragments of philosophical texts and poetry are segued, pitted against each other, and overlaid within a landscape of sonic experimentation. It includes texts by Margaret Atwood, Friedrich Nietzsche, Raymond Carver, Julia Kristeva, Walt Whitman, amongst many others.  These become, in several ways, a kind of interweave of archaic drama, a ‘primitive’ opera, a battle between meaning and sound, between sense and non-sense. 

June 13th  / 6.30pm / Admission Free: Helmore Recital Hall (Hel 034), Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge  CB1 1PT