The Gender Agenda at Queen Elizabeth Hall
On April 12, Philip Venables’ audience-interactive piece The Gender Agenda
was premiered in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Staged as a TV-gameshow with challenges and even commercials, the work explored contemporary gender issues and (in)equality. Venables’ “driving, humorously energetic music” (Van magazine) was performed by the London Sinfonietta under Jessica Cottis, while the charismatic “anti-drag” performer David Hoyle acted as the gameshow’s host.
Following the German premiere in Frankfurt (Ensemble Modern), further performances will take place in Porto (Ensemble Remix) and Amsterdam (Asko Schoenberg Ensemble).
Watch Philip Venables’ introduction to The Gender Agenda
in the video below.
The Gender Agenda
For Gameshow Host, Choir, Ensemble
WP: 12.04.2018, London
World premiere of The Gender Agenda, London 2018
4.48 Psychosis at Royal Opera House
Philip Venables’ multiple award-winning adaptation of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis
has celebrated its revival in the Royal Opera House in April. Replenishing Kane’s play through music in a fusion of opera with spoken and projected text, Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis
details the experience of clinical depression and the search for love and happiness. “On its first revival the piece and its performance seem, if anything, even stronger than before”, says thestage.co.uk: “The bleakest despair, the numbness of self-hatred, even moments of the most painful humour, all find expression in Venables’ extraordinary accomplished and imaginative writing.”
Dresden’s Semperoper will present the piece’s German premiere during its 2018-19 season – in Philip Venable’s revised version based on the German translation by Dresden poet and essayist Durs Grünbein.
an opera in one act
Text: Sarah Kane
3 soprano, 3 mezzo-soprano / tape / alto flute + picc, 3 sax (all sop+bar), piano+synth with organ pedalboard, accordion, 2 percussion (solo roles, some playing from memory), vl+vla, 2 vla, bass. (all amplified)
WP: 24.05.2016, London
Photos: Mark Allan