Special event Past event Friday, 10 November 2017

Opera Weekender: before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby)

An opera by Sarah Hardie, exploring the failure of the contemporary lover through spoken-word, song, and movement. As part of the wider program around the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition.

  • The Sackler Courtyard

  • Free event

Opera Weekender: before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby) photo

A unique opportunity to see the restaging of Sarah Hardie’s visual arts opera – before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby) – performed live in the captivating setting of the new Sackler Courtyard. Originally written for and performed a cappella at Bold Tendencies’, Peckham, this 30 minute opera references theoretical and psychoanalytical writing on the voice (such as Donald W. Winnicott, Roland Barthes and Friedrich Nietzsche). Through spoken-word, song and movement, it explores the failure of the contemporary lover, friendship as a space of total sonority, and questions whether voicing is a loving act.

Sarah Hardie worked with composer Jack Sheen, choreographer Eleesha Drennan, actor Angela Hardie and choir MUSARC to realise this work.

This event has received support from Arts Council England.