2016, Sat, Apr 09

Cantatrix sopranica L.

With Graham F. Valentine

Like no other, the writer Georges Perec made the undermining of “scientific” rituals and procedures into an art.

In 1974 he smuggled Cantatrix sopranica L. into a scientific Festschrift—an essay with diagrams and a list of references about what happens when soprano singers are pelted with tomatoes during their performance. To this day, the text has waited to be transformed into an instructional lecture by the actor and singer Graham F. Valentine.

The singer and actor Graham F.Valentine was educated in Aberdeen, Zurich and the Ecole internationale de théâtre de Jacques Lecoq. He has had engagements at theater and opera houses such as the Royal National Theatre in London, Teatro Real, Opera Bastille, Burgtheater, Volksbühne Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Vlaamse Opera and Schauspielhaus Zurich. He has worked with director Christoph Marthaler since1970, for instance in Stunde Null, Pierrot Lunaire, Winch Only, Twentieth Century Blues and Meine Faire Dame. He has performed at festivals in Salzburg, Avignon and at the Ruhrtriennale and as a speaker/singer with the Ensemble Intercontempora in at the Klangforum Vienna, Scottish Opera and others.

Dramaturgical arrangement: Malte Ubenauf.

Malte Ubenauf is an actor and musical theater dramaturge.

Experimental demonstration of the tomatotopic organization in the Soprano (Cantatrix sopranica L . ) in Cantatrix sopranica L. et autres ecrits scientifiques by Georges Perec, original © Editions du Seuil, Paris, 1991