Resonant Bodies To Make Australian Premiere In Sydney

By Francisco Salazar

Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks, in association with Resonant Bodies (USA) have announced the full program for the first Sydney iteration of Resonant Bodies, an international festival of new vocal music founded in New York in 2013 by American singer Lucy Dhegrae.

The event will present six dynamic vocalists across two nights on August 31 and Sept. 1, 2018. Among the performers are Swedish-Ethiopian composer-improviser Sofia Jernberg, Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, New York soprano Ariadne Greif, and Australian vocalists Mitchell Riley, Deborah Kayser, and Sonya Holowell. Each performer will be invited to curate and perform in their own 45-minute sets, with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style.

Sydney-based theatre director and lighting designer Alexander Berlage is the visual director for the Festival, with sound design by composer and technologist Benjamin Carey.

Resonant Bodies is in its sixth year and has made a significant contribution to contemporary new music. Local Resonant Bodies co-directors Jessica Aszodi and Jane Sheldon performed in the NYC Festival and describe Resonant Bodies as a festival that is also a community.