ReCallas:Medea

Building upon earlier works of the choreo-opera tandem Åsa and Carl Unander-Scharin (such as Robocygne, Olimpia, The Lamentations of Orpheus), and in collaboration with dramaturge Marin Blazevic, this project seeks to explore operatic voice and bodily expression in a novel constellation, revisiting and reconstructing the artistry of the ultimate opera singer – Maria Callas – through architecture of theatrical space, robotics, interactive technologies, choreography, video, new music and live performance.

We consider opera singing – in its exceptional cases and moments – as a radical performance art. In an attempt to enhance the complexity and intensity of expression, an opera artist might push her/his body to a high risk performance – when mis-sing the tone, getting out of breath, damaging vocalization organs, even utmost physical and mental exhaustion (often, paradoxically, merged with exaltation), are posing a threat to the progress of rendition.

Maria Callas as a radical performance artist, and in particular her profoundly expressionist enactment of the character of Medea in Cherubini’s opera, will be in the focus of this research/project on the intersections of corporeal and technological performance. The project/research will performatively refer to and build upon minuscule portions of a number of live recordings of Callas’ renditions of Medea from 1953 to 1961.

 

ReCallas:Medea is a commission from The Croatian National Opera of Rijeka for The Cultural Capitol of Europe 2020


CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, DANCE, INTERACTION DESIGN:
Åsa Unander-Scharin


CONCEPT, MUSIC, VOICE, INTERACTION DESIGN:
Carl Unander-Scharin


DRAMATURGY:
Marin Blazeviç


CONSTRUCTION OF THE CALLAS MARIONETTE: 
Åsa Unander-Scharin, Tobias Jaeger,
Magnus Lundin, Amanda Cederqvist


SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT:
Ludvig Elblaus


CONSTRUCTION OF DRONES AND SOFTWARE:
Vincent Trichon


VOICE:
Maria Callas


PERFORMANCES:

Work-in-progress presentation in Music Tech Fest, August, Stockholm 2018
Work-in-progress presentation KTH R1, December 2018
Pre-presentation of ReCallas:Medea in Rijeka, Croatia, March 2019.


SINGERS 2019:
Emilia Rukavina, Luka Ortar, Aljasz Farazin, Vanja Zelcic, Ana Majda, Morana Plese


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