The dangerous woman at the heart of Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Diary of One who Disappeared continues her story in a world premiere work stepping beyond the bounds of history and tradition.
Written in the aftermath of World War I, Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Diary of One who Disappeared is a lacerating song cycle of delusion and illicit desire centred on a farmer’s son who abandons family and community for the sake of Zefka, a Gypsy. Troubling and sensual, it has never been professionally staged in Australia – until now.
And there’s more. In response to Janáček’s masterpiece, SCO Artistic Director Jack Symonds (Notes from Underground) and Principle Artistic Associate Huw Belling (Victory Over the Sun) spin out the tale, taking it to new and dangerous depths in Fumeblind Oracle, a partner piece in which the lone woman moves from love poetry to god-guided violence.
Inspired by Sappho and Homer’s Iliad, a new libretto by Pierce Wilcox (Oscar & Lucinda) breaks expectation to pieces and builds a real, breathing person from the shards while director Alexander Berlage, acclaimed for American Psycho and Cry-Baby, applies his electric visual style to what promises to be a remarkable diptych.