Thursday, September 28, 2000
Classical piece incorporates computer
Premiere at UC accessible onscreen
By Janelle Gelfand
The Cincinnati Enquirer
For the first time from the University of Cincinnati, a performance will appear live on the Internet.
Clotho, about the life of Camille Claudel, is a monodrama for soprano, percussion and computer. It is written and directed by Dagmar Birke. The musical score was composed by College-Conservatory of Music faculty members Allen Otte, founding director of Percussion Group Cincinnati, and Mara Helmuth, director of CCM's Center for Computer Music.
The Enquirer spoke to soprano Audrey Luna, assistant professor at Miami University, who commissioned and stars in the production.
IF YOU GO
What: Clotho for soprano, percussion and computer, a monodrama on the life of Camille Claudel, by Dagmar Birke; music by Allen Otte and Mara Helmuth; costumes from the Donna Karan Collection. Audrey Luna, soprano. |
When: 8 p.m. today and Friday.
Where: Studio Theater, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Tickets: $5. 556-4183.
On the Internet: At 8 p.m. today, Clotho will be streamed live to Internet2, at stremedia.uc.edu. (online producer, Tom Streeter).
Question: Why is this piece entitled Clotho (Klo-to)?
Answer: Clotho is the title of a sculpture by Camille Claudel, a French sculptress at the turn of the (20th) century. She had a love affair with Auguste Rodin for 10 years.
She was outspoken, independent and a genius. It is based on letters by Miss Claudel, her brother (the author) Paul Claudel and Rodin, her lover. The writings are interwoven with Baudelaire's poems from Les Fleurs du Mal.
The writings tell the story of her artistry, then her demise in a mental asylum.
Q: How can people log on?
A: It's going to happen over the Internet2 line, different from the World Wide Web. People who have Internet2 (such as universities) will receive a clear picture and CD-quality sound. It will be filmed with three cameras; two stationary and one hand-held.
Q: How will you and percussionist Allen Otte perform it?
A: Allen will have his set-up on the stage. I play the part of Camille Claudel. Computer-generated sound (processed from natural sources) will play throughout the performance.
It's like a scenically-broken song cycle, so there will be poem that is sung, and then a dramatic scene, a song, and another dramatic scene.
Sound worlds were created by Mara Helmuth from recordings of my voice and a chorus of voices: CCM professor Kenneth Griffiths (the voice of Paul Claudel); arts patron Patricia Corbett (Camille's mother); and Allen Otte (Rodin).
Q: How did you get costumes from New York designer Donna Karan?
A: My cousin is one of her personal assistants. She has an archive library of historic costumes, mostly 19th-century. She has collected them to use as prototypes for fabrics or new fashion lines. So she has this whole warehouse of historic clothing.
Q: Why did you decide to commission a piece?
A: Because I love new pieces of art. And I love new music, and new theatrical ideas. I'm the performer, the singer and the producer. It was incredible, the amount of work to put it together. It was really monumental. I had no idea.
Judges tighten drug-test rules
Net sex charges follow teacher
Relations with police hashed
Memories gone with the wind
PULFER: Purcell Marian
Officer dragged 20 ft. after reaching into car
$42 million buys West Chester lot of park
Butler to cover official's giveaways
Frank talk advised
A City in the Making
Classical piece incorporates computer
KIESEWETTER: 'Exclusive' bad call for Channel 12
Leather still a cut above
Wherefore art thou, 'R&J'?
Patton pushes student health
Order gives Patton authority to increase women appointees
City pledges to build character
City to open time capsule
Clermont water, sewer bills cut
End to property transfer tax asked
Events leading to fatal shots detailed in court
Family Doberman attacks toddler
Field closed to ballplayers
Firm seeks to overturn ruling on proposal for limestone mine
In the schools
Neighbors dread power station plan
No apathy in voter signup
Prosecutors describe slaying scene
Residents to decide peace pole's design
Schools' football contests canceled
Some locals support film regulation
St. X soccer players disciplined for hazing
Suit against Newport, policeman dismissed
Two candidates remain for Fairfield
Get to it
Pig Parade: O Sowlo Meeeeeo
Tristate A.M. Report