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a multimedia music action by Fabrica and Brisbane Festival
Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane
22 July 2006, 8pm
WINNERS, the new production of Fabrica, the Benetton Group’s communication research center, opened the 2006 edition of the Brisbane Festival. The theme of this piece is the dialog between winners and losers.
WINNERS is a broad project in which interactivity and audio and video hook-ups go hand-in-hand with the musical performances. Within the same context there is also contemporary interaction between protagonists and musicians from different nationalities, cultures and places. Through the use of the most advanced technology the work takes on true avant-garde characteristics, but avant-gardism has always been the spirit behind all of Fabrica’s productions. The theme of this piece is “winners and losers”: this ancient theme, which is almost ancestral, is explored using the most modern means, putting in relation the common experience of victory and defeat as it has been experienced in various corners of the planet: (New York/ USA; Sharpeville, Johannesburg/ South Africa; Dresda/ Germany; Ayutthaya/Thailand; Maralinga/South Australia). Personal accounts of diverse victims are placed side-by-side and bound by their experiences of tragic events, attacks and senseless violence. Next to these are placed the equally intense moments of interviews with people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
WINNERS therefore belongs to Fabrica’s tradition of projects focused on social issues. And it is another endeavor to apply artistic and technological resources to a theme and place them within reach of an audience that is growing vaster going beyond every racial, cultural or geographical distinction.
WINNERS is, at the same time, a “global” project. Different languages and disciplines meld together to build a “transversal” metalanguage between the various forms of expression in their different forms, reaching a real renewed possibility of communication. Music, video, theatre, arts, design and new communication technologies amalgamate to become an integral part of the project.
Fabrica’s young artists, with an eclectic training in the various fields of art and communication, will be actively involved in the creative process. The celebrated Australian percussion group TaikOz and The Queensland Orchestra will also participate in the World Premiere performance.
The development and use of avant-garde communication technologies form a particularly important part of the project. The performance integrates audio/video links with musicians, singers, performers and video excerpts from interviews with terminally ill patients (thanks to the collaboration of the Center for Palliative Care at the San Giovanni Battista Hospital in Turin, the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and the Palliative Care Unit of the Red Cross university hospital in Lyon) as well as personal accounts from the five different locations which have been chosen for their symbolic connection to an historical or recent event all brought together by the theme “winners and losers”.
Andrea Molino and Lyndon Terracini are in charge of the project’s artistic direction. Andrea Molino, Fabrica Musica’s artistic director, composed and will direct the piece. Lyndon Terracini is the artistic director of the Brisbane Festival where the international premier of WINNERS will take place as part of the 2006 program.
Cinque città sono state scelte per eventi storici simbolici che le hanno caratterizzate. La selezione di musicisti effettuata successivamente in questi paesi ha contribuito a creare un aspetto drammaturgico ancora più forte.
Five cities have been chosen for symbolic historical events that have characterized them. The selection of musicians exclusively in these countries has contributed to creating a an evem more tk effect.
SHARPEVILLE, South Africa. In 1960, during a non-violent demonstration, the police killed 69 coloured people, including women and children, and wounded another 180. The date of this massacre is now know as the UN Human
Rights Day for Africa, and was chosen by Nelson Mandela to mark the signing of the new South African Constitution, becoming also a symbol for the present Reconciliation process.
AYUTTHAYA, Thailand. The ancient capital of the Siamese Kingdom, site of the most beautiful city in the world (with approximately one million inhabitants in 1700), was attacked and conquered in 1767 by the Burmese. It was re-conquered by the Siamese, lost again and again re-conquered. The city at that point was so damaged that the Siamese had to relocate the capital to Bangkok. The ruins of Ayutthaya are now a fascinating open air museum.
DRESDEN, Germany. In February 1945 World War II was almost over; nevertheless, the “German Florence” was bombed to the ground by the Allied Forces. The attack killed more than 20,000 people and completely destroyed the city. Since then, a sometimes misused debate about the justification of such an attack has ensued.
NEW YORK, USA. The terrorist attack which destroyed the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 has become a globally recognized catastrophe, with resonance of international impact, whose emotional and symbolic meaning reaches far beyond the event itself.
MARALINGA, South Australia. As part of the British atomic weapons testing program (1953-57), the arid rangelands of Maralinga, South Australia were subject
to the detonation of nine major nuclear bombs, and 700 “Minor Trials”. The radioactive exposure of these tests was extensive and dense radioactive clouds traveled far, causing much sickness and death in surrounding communities (which were predominately aboriginal and recruited servicmen).