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Pavarotti and Me: a performance to camera 2019

Somerville, Daniel ORCID: (2019) Pavarotti and Me: a performance to camera 2019. [Performance]

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Pavarotti and Me is a practice research project with a number of performance outputs dating from 2015 to 2020. The final output is Pavarotti and Me 2020 a performance that sums up and concludes the project, reflecting on previous iterations while addressing the research questions and findings. This is one of the previous iterations, a ‘to camera’ performance from 2019. It was filmed in the Drama Studio at University of Worcester.
The research questions concern firstly, the relationship of anecdote and autobiography to our understanding of opera and the operatic. The performances centralise the identity of the opera queen as a vehicle to explore these questions. Secondly the project playfully asks, “what happens when an opera queen has a thing for a tenor?” as a way to problematise and further explore gender and queer theory that underpinned this and former research captured in a prior practice research output Admiring La Stupenda (2014-2019). Thirdly, the project tests artist Joshua Sofaer’s claim in Opera Helps and St Matthew Passion, that opera has reparative and transformational potential. The timeline of the project runs parallel to the author’s relationship breakdown and divorce proceedings. The day of this recording was also the day that the courts finalised the divorce. Revisiting the material over time, returning repeatedly to recordings of Pavarotti allowed for an incremental understanding of how the creative practice of ‘opera queening’ participated in the processing of personal and emotional upheaval.

Use of the researcher’s movement practice, Body Opera, based on techniques derived from Butoh, enabled embodied understanding and non-verbal communication to participate in the reflective and inductive methodology.

Public iterations of the project’s outputs include: performances at the Impermanent Festival (ImpFest) London (2015); a practice research performance addressing the participation of dance in salvaging meaning in literature, called Dancing ‘Nessun dorma’, Wolverhampton (2016); a theatrical version at University of Worcester Drama studio (2018); a performance to camera (2019) and Pavarotti and Me 2020, Worcester (2020).

Item Type: Performance
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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Pavarotti, opera, operatic, performance, Opera queen, anecdote, autobiography
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Daniel Somerville
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 15:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 17:14

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