Monday 19 January 2015

Cabaret from the unborn at the Vault Festival

Unborn in America
Unborn in America, a new cabaret opera by composer Luke Styles and librettist Peter Cant is being premiered at the Vault Festival on 29 January 2015. Luke Styles conducts Ensemble Amorpha with Jessica Walker, Lucy Stevens, Andrew Dickenson and Robert Gildon and the work is directed by Peter Cant. Performances are at The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN, from 29 January to 1 February 2015. 

In both form and content, the new piece is unusual and perhaps controversial. Certainly the new piece's flexible form, owing something to cabaret, opera, performance art, satire and much else, will not suit everyone. And the work examines what we value in life. Set in The Petri Dish, the afterlife's cabaret bar of the unborn, foetus, Ziggy, recounts her journey from hell and back, starting in a stem cell laboratory.

Luke Styles was composer in residence at Glyndebourne from 2011 to 2014 and his final work for Glyndebourne, based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, is premiered at the 2015 festival. He was recently appointed composer  in residence at the Foundling Hospital.

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