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Tissues

An opera of five acts commissioned by Tate Modern and performed by an ensemble of thirteen singers and dancers, Tissues was driven by the expressive possibilities of the human voice and electronic sound. Its narrative led the audience through the interior landscape of a single protagonist, foregrounding a psychological multiplicity cultivated from desire and pain under conditions of solitude. Its title refers to the material that binds together the human body, as well as the fabric used to clean bodily fluids, waste and eventually memory.  A site specific work inside the Tate Modern’s subterranean South Tank, Tissues engaged opera as an all-encompassing art-form with both limiting and liberating conventions, employing sound, choreography and installation with an open-ended structure and architecture that challenged the form’s usual systems. Surrounded by performers, viewers perceived a panoramic landscape that extended the physical limits of the performance space, creating an environment to house and induce their imagination. From the physicality of noise to the disarming, organic power of operatic vocalisation, Tissues explored various meanings of extremity, while questioning and pressurising the boundaries between music, architecture, performance and visual art. Recordings were not allowed from the audience during the performance.

受泰特现代美术馆委托,由人声和电子音的表达可能性所驱动,Tissues是一个由13名歌者和舞者组成的呈现的五幕歌剧。它的叙述引领观众进入主角的内心景观,展现了在孤独状况下由欲望和痛苦培育的多样化心理境况。它的标题指向将人体粘合在一起的材料,也指用于清洁体液,垃圾,最终是记忆的织物。作为一个基于泰特美术馆South Tank建筑特征的作品,Tissue将歌剧作为一个有着局限但开放传统的,包罗万象的艺术形式,运用声音,编舞,装置,开放式的结构和建筑挑战该艺术形式的常规系统。被表演者们所包围,观众们感知到一个超越表演空间物理局限的全景景观,进而创建了一个安放和催生他们想象力的环境。从噪音的物理性到歌剧人声的迷人有机力量,Tissues探索了极端的多重含义,亦质疑和挑战了音乐,建筑,表演和视觉艺术之间的边界。

Performed by Gaby Agis, Richard Court, Jia-Yu Corti, Pan Daijing, Anna Davidson, Joseph Funnell, Marie Gailey, Steve Katona, Thibault Lac, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Rosalie Pearce Bell and Klara Utke Acs.