Explorations by Anna Clock, Martin Ward and Freya Ireland in Second Movement's latest Rough for Opera
Second Movement’s regular series of events featuring new works and works in progress continues in December. Each Rough for Opera is a snapshot and celebration of contemporary opera and includes work by three composers. This winter’s trio shares themes of identity, intimacy and alienation.
Anna Clock’s CONSTELLATIONS is a devised opera for electronics and two performers exploring humanity’s relationship with the cosmos through myth, memory and the Hubble telescope while touching on common experiences of loneliness and intimacy.
Themes of identity and alienation in both the human condition and the physical world are examined by Martin Ward in scenes from his new opera The Sinken Sun. The opera, which draws on the life, works and legacy of the poet John Clare uses Clare himself and a fictional modern day student to explore the timelessness of the arts and poetry, their enduring relevance, and their ability to communicate across boundaries of culture and time.
Composer Freya Ireland introduces new material for her work-in-progress The Two Sided Boy, an interactive web opera which looks at the volatile dynamic between the real and online world of virtual reality gaming through the relationship of a mother and her computer obsessed son.
Second Movement’s winter edition of Rough for Opera takes place on December 5 at The Cockpit Theatre, London.