ABSTRIAL is a radical contemporary opera with maximum transparency, an ephemeral presentation of imperturbably continuing processes.
concept: Paola Bianchi, Ivan Fantini, Pia Palme, Electric Indigo
direction & choreography: Paola Bianchi
composition for baritone solo, 3 female voices and contrabass recorder: Pia Palme
composition for computer and 10 speakers: Electric Indigo
text: Anne Waldman, Ivan Fantini, Pia Palme
installation: Ivan Fantini
lighting design: Paolo Pollo Rodighiero
sound direction: Christina Bauer
on stage: Paola Bianchi [dance], Pia Palme [contrabass recorder], Electric Indigo [computer], the four singers Bartolo Musil, Eva-Maria Kumpfmüller, Johanna von der Deken, and Anna Clare Hauf; Paolo Pollo Rodighiero, Ivan Fantini
This edit shows several selected scenes of the opera, it's full length is approximately 55 minutes.
Ivan Fantini's installation made of bread dough and glasses constitutes the ideational axis for the performances of Paola Bianchi, the two composers who play live, and the vocalists. Guiding themes are the disintegration of quotidian values, meanings and fabrics, and consequently arising structures re-composed by the artists. The gradually changing installation resulting in falling glasses join with Anne Waldman's text to create structure and rhythm ruling decomposition and reorganization. ABSTRIAL connects the material level directly to contemporary composition, electronic music and text. The made-up word ABSTRIAL is consequently a composite of "abstraction" and "material".
Inspired by spectral analysis of broken glass, composer Pia Palme compiled layers of texts through arrangement/fragmentation of texts of all authors. She wrote the vocal and instrumental parts: for three female voices, a demanding solo-part for baritone - including the use of an audio-score for expansion of texture - completed by a part for contrabass-recorder, which was performed by Palme herself.
Electric Indigo's composition is based on language and voice too. Yet, using granular and spectral analysis of spoken words, she creates entirely abstract sounds and textures.
The body is Paola Bianchi's specific language, her instrument, but also her study subject. Both in performance and in choreography, position and shape of bodies in space are of equal importance as the "inner" choreography of muscles, tendons, skin, and the reactions within the body.
The American poet Anne Waldman provided a commissioned text, created especially for ABSTRIAL's concepts and themes. Italian text fragments by Ivan Fantini and German parts by Pia Palme complement the literary fundament.
Time doesn’t fly, it is a timeless present that we don’t comprehend. Is there any “here”? Is there any “now”? Time doesn’t fly, it is an approximation of our perception. The sky is above and below, you can only lose yourself. [Ivan Fantini]
If you would like to see the full length recording of ABSTRIAL (55 minutes) please send an e-mail to infoATindigo-incDOTat