On August 23rd, Heiner Goebbels staged the European premiere of the 1965/66 opera Delusion of the Fury by Harry Partch at Bochum’s Jahrhunderthalle, and for this occasion Ensemble musikFabrik rebuildt Partch’s instruments.
The second performance of the opera will take place in Oslo during the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival on Thursday 12.9.13. Read more here.
On this same day, Ultima Academy will present both the composer and the production in a series of talks with Björn Gottstein, Beate Schüler and Heiner Goebbels at the National Theatre. Read more here.
A Ritual of Dream & Delusion : Harry Partch
Harry Partch (1901–1974) is one of the most original artists and musicians of the twentieth century. In search of a musical world far from European music, the American composer not only invented his own tonal system, but also designed and built instruments of idiosyncratic beauty to play his music. Called the ›Don Quixote of Music‹ by contemporary critics, he is today considered a highly inspired music philosopher and pioneer who was one of the first composers to almost exclusively work with microtonality. The encounter with his unheard sound world full of lightness and humor makes possible the discovery of masterpiece Delusion of the Fury (1965/66) – his last large-scale opera and at the same time the highpoint of his artistic work.
Based on Japanese and African myths, he develops a piece between dream and madness, that integrates all theatrical means, light, movement, and song with the extraordinary presence of his instruments in a theater without a precise setting, where temporal layers overlap. A view of a culture that seems strange and yet familiar to us. Partch spreads out in all four directions a ›ritual net‹ that celebrates the reconciliation of the living with death and life.