A meditation. A soundscape. A feeling.
This experimental composition is an invocation of the inherent dichotomies that underpin the contemporary feminine experience. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, two flautists will guide you through their distillation of the emotional core of this narrative.
The first ever work to be performed in the bell tower of the Cathedral, the sounds of Promethean will resonate as a visceral experience within this intimate space.
The compositional form of the work echoes the “Tone Poem” of the 19th Century. It draws from Romantic preoccupations of the time: the sublime and mysterious shape of nature, subjectivism and how spirituality resonates from these. Structured around three movements that echo the with qualities of steam, water and ice, Promethean uses this imagery as the foundation for invoking the inherent contradictions of feminine existence; power and vulnerability, knowledge and silencing, empathy and cruelty.
In discarding the constraints of narrative, this piece asks audiences to engage with their own capacity for creative thought. In Promethean, each person will compose their memories, ideas, and feelings in such a way that their story of the performance will be unique, even juxtaposing the stories of the audience around them.