Reversing the Process: Investigating Multi-Disciplinary Compositional Practices in The Fall of Icarus [2009]

Radosavljevic, Duska and Rodosthenous, George (2016) Reversing the Process: Investigating Multi-Disciplinary Compositional Practices in The Fall of Icarus [2009]. Theatre Topics, 26 (1). pp. 105-116. ISSN 1054-8378
Creators:Radosavljevic, Duska and Rodosthenous, George

The Fall of Icarus was a piece of music theatre created by director George Rodosthenous, writer Duška Radosavljević, and composer Demetris Zavros with an ensemble of performers in 2009 in Leeds, UK. The piece was commissioned by the Cypriot embassy in Berlin as part of the “Fall of the Berlin Wall” anniversary, and the commission included the participation of Greek Cypriot Lia Vissi.1 As a director/producer, Rodosthenous wanted to create a chamber musical that could tour with a cast of four specific performers, as well as an aesthetically strong space design to showcase the bodies and voices of the performers. Thus Rodosthenous knew how the musical would look before he knew how it would sound or how it would develop its narrative. This is not customary in making musical theatre work according to the traditional model, whereby the music and book precede the visual identity of the work, whether it is a concept album (American Idiot), novel (The Phantom of the Opera), or film (Billy Elliot). Radosavljević accepted the customary restrictions of the commission (the theme of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the composition of the ensemble), but she also generated her own aesthetic framework of restriction by eliciting five mise en scène images from the director as her starting point. The working process leading up to performance yielded some important discoveries, which this essay wishes to highlight. We will contextualize our findings in two ways: dramaturgically and epistemologically, emphasizing the notion of reversed methodology in both cases.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Berlin Wall, Icarius, Composed Theatre
Date:1 March 2016
Funders:Cypriot Embassy in Berlin, University of Leeds
ID Code:748
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