Performance Ron Athey and Juliana Snapper
California Museum of Photography
Friday, February 24, 2006, 4pm - 6pm
In this compelling work, Athey and Snapper create an operatic drama using body and voice to explore the history of torture and personal suffering. This performance is a shorter version of the work previously performed at the RedCat Theater in Los Angeles. The multilingual libretto is built from disparate sources, including transcripts of Inquisition hearings, opera quotes and Jean Genet's closing statement of the witness (from Prisoner of Love). Vocal techniques include high-pitched duets, Mae West-inspired Debussy and spirit-induced glossolalia (speaking in tongues). Ron Athey is from the Inland Empire, and has performed across the U.S. and internationally in the U.K., Europe and Mexico. His experience growing up in a Pentecostal household shapes his work as a body artist, and especially this work - in which he and Snapper (the daughter of an opera singer) explore the links between body, spirit, and voice. For more information about Athey's life and art, check out www.ronathey.com.