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THE SINGTERVIEWS

PANIC ROOM

2012 - present

'Panic Room - The Singterviews' by Loré Lixenberg. A  performance starring IONE and Pauline at La Plaque Tournante Berlin in 2016. (Duration 13'26)

'Panic Room - The Singterviews'  is an investigation into how pre-existing, non-musical forms can be utilised as operatic forms that go beyond pure representation. It's a meta-composition and to highlight this volume one features artists whom themselves have experimented with vocal forms. This piece looks at the form of the interview, interrogation and spying.

Created during a residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, where I had the luck to meet Pauline & IONE, PANIC ROOM - THE SINGTERVIEWS as a live show uses surveillance technologies to locate and track down a complete stranger who is invited to take part in the show as the last person alive in my panic room as we spin into outer space with all the music of the world aboard.

An Opera singer is in her panic room in Venice at the end of the world. An environmental disaster has occurred and at the world's end, she gathers into her panic room as many operas as she can, recordings, costumes, instruments, scenery, everything.

 

The panic room is filled not only with these artifacts but also computer screens showing scenes from outside the panic room, of flooding, fire, human desperation and looting. She knows that she will die in this panic room but that at least some fragments of the form will survive in space to be discovered. She picks one person to go with her to the worlds end to discuss art as planet earth dies and everything on it becomes extinct.As she interviews the person she feeds them cake and wine. The piece ends with them taking poison and peacefully falling asleep to an ever changing undulating electronic track.

 

Act 1: Spy - the audience is observed unseen via CCTV cameras placed throughout the venue. A new age meditation soundtrack is played and over which a live vocal is sung. Slowly the audience realise that they are being individually addressed, even as they wash their hands or order a beer.during this process an audience member is selected to go I to the Panic room with me to be interviewed with the premise that this is the last conversation they will ever have.

Act 2: Panic Room - the singer and interviewee are in the panic room as the world ends.the singer has a set of questions that she asks the interviewee about art,life and death?These are scripted musically but have room for extemporisation. The interview follows a pattern that is also set by the answers that the interviewee gives.

40 mins into the interview the singer gives the interviewee a poison pill and they peacefully die in their sleep to the sweet strains of an orchestra playing backward as it tips gently over the event horizon of a black hole.