David Chesworth: Richter/Meinhof-Opera
After a libretto by Tony MacGregor
Presented by Wax Sound Media and Art Gallery of New South Wales
What happens when the German artist Gerhard Richter and the jailed-journalist-turned-terrorist Ulrike Meinhof are placed in the same room?
For two nights the Gallery will host David Chesworth’s latest performance work, Richter/Meinhof-Opera.
Richter/Meinhof-Opera has its origins in the controversial painting series October 18, 1977 by Gerhard Richter. The paintings depict scenes surrounding the apparent suicides of jailed members of the notorious Baader/Meinhof Group responsible for a deadly campaign to overthrow the West German establishment. Derived from archival newspaper photographs, the paintings caused a sensation when first exhibited in Germany in 1989.
Drawing on the writings of both Richter and Meinhof and records of actual events, this intimate performance artwork is set to a series of compelling soundscapes by Chesworth.
Richter/Meinhof-Opera entangles art with politics, the real with the ritualised, and the personal with the State.
Featuring performers Luisa Hastings Edge and Hugo Race
Image: David Chesworth Richter-Meinhof/Opera 2010 Performance at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Friday 8 June 2012, 6.30pm
(Friday 8.10pm performance cancelled)
Saturday 9 June 2012, 6.30pm & 8.10pm
Non-member & member $30
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Online bookings close Friday 4.30pm.
Session 1: 6.30pm doors open, drinks served. 7pm–7.45 Performance.
Session 2: 8.10pm doors open. 8.30pm–9.15pm performance. Drinks served after.
Each performance is 45 minutes, no interval
Price includes a glass of wine.
Please note this performance includes adult themes and is not be suitable for children.
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. Not negotiable.
Art and politics forum, 16 May 2012
Location: Grand Courts