Part of a set of excerpts from ten major works by Nigel Kellaway (1994 - 2004), assembled and edited by Kellaway and his long-time associate, video artist Peter Oldham.
El Inocente (developed in 2000 and produced in 2001) considers the heritage of Baroque humanist thought in collision with contemporary South American story-telling.
El Inocente is the result of a two year development process by The oPera Project’s impressive lineup of experienced artists, exploring contemporary theatrical spectacle in relationship to the opera of the Baroque period (1600 – 1750). Although one of its emphasis is on the musical shape of a ‘baroque’ work, it in no way endeavours to reconstruct a Baroque opera, in form or content.
The idea of ‘facade’ concerns us in this work – in which less attention is paid to a ‘story revealed’, but more to the task of ‘enactment’ as an aesthetic experience in itself. Our task is to draw attention to the discrete components that make up the performative act, eschewing the illusion of ‘reality’ or (more accurately) ‘totality’ that has been a concern of much of western theatre since the Renaissance.
Like the dramaturgy, the music collides many styles and genres as one would find in opera or feature film. It has its genesis in specific Handel operatic arias, but now the original music by Richard Vella interacts, complements, ignores or collides with Handel’s music creating a complex musical web. We are simultaneously experiencing a Baroque opera based on Handel’s music and a more contemporary approach to music theatre making.
In a certain sense, the music is similar to that found in a road movie. It is neither pastiche nor parody, but is multi-referential – placing the listener into strangely familiar contexts, enabling the work to have multiple layers for interpretation.
Other performances from Nigel Kellaway's Works 1994-2004:
This Most Wicked Body (17'50'')
The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior (4'30'')
The Berlioz: Our Vampires Ourselves (14'55'')
The Terror of Tosca (22'15'')
Little George (17'20'')
Entertaining Paradise (16')
Another Night: Medea (14'05'')
The Audience and Other Psychopaths (18'40'')
More from Kellaway / The opera Project Inc - DVD & Streaming:
Nigel Kellaway in Sleepers wake! wachet auf!
The Rameau Project