Backwards from Winter
Composer: Douglas Knehans
Librettist: Juanita Rockwell
Work Web Site: https://www.backwardsfromwinter.com/
Premiere Date: May 25, 2018
Description:

Backwards from Winter is an hour long operatic monodrama exploring a single woman’s reflection on a love relationship as seen through various elemental filters of seasons, color, nature, emotion and memory and told through live voice, live electronic/computer music and multiple video streams.


She traces the past year with her beloved, moving backwards through time: from deep winter where she is in grief over his death, to autumn, where she experiences the sharp pain of losing him in a storm, through the summer’s heat of their passion, to the heart-opening birth of their love in spring.


Just as our conventional experience of linear time can be disrupted by deep grief or joy, this operatic work destabilizes theatrical conventions of narrative, character, psychology, conflict, language and setting as it explores impermanence, loss and love.


Length: 01:30
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: Soprano, cello, and live electronic/computer music.
Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://www.douglasknehans.com/
Librettist Web Site: https://juanitarockwell.wordpress.com/
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