Commissioned by Lena von Geyso and Elisabeth Pichler (D21, Leipzig),
'...FALLING MAN, RISING WOMAN...' for Solo Voice and Electronics reassesses Germaine Greer’s podium speech in answer to Norman Mailer and the short poem by Charlotte Perkins Gilman entitled 'Locked Inside'.
The solo performer chants in an intense mantra-like whisper Perkins Gilman’s text for almost the entire duration of the 26-minute work, bringing herself to a state of exhaustion, deeply confined within the bounds of her costume.
These whispers are transformed live, fragmented and diffused through a stereo space in such a way that they are rendered incomprehensible. The performer, wearing a white face mask allowing no facial expression to be seen, is both locked inside this incomprehensible text, as well as surrounded
by ethereal choirs, encasing the performer as an electroacoustic aura.
The work was premiered at D-21 Leipzig on 5th May 2015, and performed again at Q-02 Brussels in October of that year.
The conclusion of the work was published in The Wire Magazine’s WIRETAPPER #38