Film Performance, September 2022 – Music and concept by Luciana Perc
Camille recorded the part of ‘Rocking Chair’ for the brand new opera exploring the intrinsic physicality of musical performance and the odd comical ways in which we interacted with cameras over the pandemic.
A musical response to the short film Film (a 1965 collaboration between Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton), this work uses microphones and cameras on stage to create electroacoustic sounds and a film projection in real time. Everyday objects featured in Film are brought to the stage and turned into sound-making devices. The show is composed of a series of solos. Each solo focuses on a specific combination of objects featured in the short-film, from a newspaper and a hat to a fish tank and a bird cage, combining the sounds produced with these objects with vocal, instrumental and electroacoustic sounds.
We embrace Keaton’s breathtaking physicality when examining sound-making physical actions in the aim of challenging stereotyped conceptions of voice types and gender in opera. Film performance addresses the phenomenological enquiry around perception and self-awareness explored through the figure of the doppelgänger in Film, transposed to daily interactions with webcams over the pandemic.