Faster Than Sound: premiere of David Toop's opera Star-shaped Biscuit
Part of Aldeburgh Music's Faster Than Sound series
Text and music by David Toop
A woman, Dora, retreats to a northern island to await the final deluge. Perhaps she is the last human to survive environmental apocalypse, though ghosts keep her company. Among Dora’s few possessions is a star-shaped biscuit encased in a silver casket…
Star-shaped Biscuit is inspired by the writings of the French dandy and author extraordinaire Raymond Roussel, whose star-shaped biscuit was acquired in a Paris flea market by Dora Maar, muse to Picasso.
With text and music by the experimental composer, musician and writer David Toop, the performers include some of the finest improvising musicians and is performed in one of Snape Maltings derelict buildings.
Cast: Lore Lixenberg, Elaine Mitchener, Jamie McDermott
Musicians: Simon Allen, Martin Allen, Hélène Breschand, Sylvia Hallett, Jan Hendrickse.
Venue: Derelict Building 9, Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP
Tickets £15 (under 27s £7.50)
Pre-event talk, 6pm:Jerwood Kiln Studio, Snape 6pm. Admission free, but please book.
Faster Than Sound is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Star-shaped Biscuit was developed with the support of the Aldeburgh Jerwood Opera Writing Programme.