A solo performance, an experiment. Sitting at the intersection of composition, performance, field recordings, speech, and interview transcription. A recorded element transcribed live.
Transforming original material through the body of the composer-performer and the transcribing machine; hesitations, mistakes, rewinds, stops and starts becoming embedded into the rhythm and theatricality of the resulting performance.
Having conversations within and without conversations, of the everyday, in modes from loose, untamed improvisation to highly-rehearsed exactitude. Easy chats, serious musings and musickings, flippant remarks, the ums (or is that erms?) and ahs and yeahs... yeahyeah--yeah, the flow, the criss-cross, cutting in, the total and instant changes in direction of conversation, or is that changes of direction in conversation?
Created in collaboration with Elliot Vaughan’s First Buzzard at the Body.
Antonia Barnett-McIntosh (Kāi Tahu) is a composer, performer, sound artist, and editor.
Her works incorporate slippage and forced failure, improvisation and the live space, and investigate speech as music: the pitches, rhythms, conversational overlaps of our everyday. In juxtaposing the formalities of presentation and the aesthetics of failure, she gently taps on the borders between performance and rehearsal, composition and writing, classical music, theatre and performance art.
Antonia’s interest in creating communal experiences whereby spectators are welcomed as participants in a compositional process implies that listening in itself is active: audience members are not mere recipients of music as finished form but drawn into the work’s compositional questions where listening and spectating can be viewed as a form of composition.