July 17 & 18, 2013, São Luíz Municipal Theatre, integrated in the Teatro de Almada Festival (avant-première)
September 27, 2013, Warsaw Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival, Poland (world-premiere)
October 10-25, 2013, tour in Sweden
A Laugh to Cry explores some primary concerns, which have always haunted human beings, and reveals them from the perspective of our contemporary globalized world. This gains shape through a meditation on the hegemonic power of the destruction of memory, the devastation of the Earth and even the collapse of humanity.
The Opera evolves in the fringes between dream and reality; between the visible and invisible. It is divided in several acts where five characters, two sopranos, one bass and two narrators (a female and a male voice), live and dwell constantly between these two parallels. It also involves 7 acoustic instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, live-electronics and extended video scenography.
A Laugh to Cry is a metaphysical theatre embodying eternal archetypes with music and multilingual libretto by Miguel Azguime
A Laugh to Cry pursues Miguel Azguime’s goal, as a poet and composer, to grasp an ideal balance between language and music, to merge the language’s semantic and metaphorical components with its sonic values, in order to achieve his concept of “speech as music and music as speech”. A Laugh to Cry extends Miguel Azguime’s research on voice analysis, re-synthesis and processing, aiming at creating a dynamic continuum between timbre, harmony, rhythm and voice spectra.
Miguel Azguime (Portugal) – music and text composition, performance & concept
Paula Azguime (Portugal) – stage director, video composition & concept
Frances M. Lynch (UK) – soprano
Nicholas Isherwood (USA / France) – bass baritone
Marina Pacheco (Portugal) – soprano
Ágata Mandillo (Portugal) – speaker
Miguel Azguime (Portugal) – speaker
Petter Sundkvist (Sweden) – conductor
Norrbotten NEO (Sweden) – flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello
Photographs of “anonymous bushes” by João Cutileiro, kindly granted by the author
CREATIVE & TECNICAL TEAM
André Perrotta (Brazil) – technology director | CITAR Researcher
Andre Bartetzki (Germany) – live electronics development
André Baltazar (Portugal) – motion capture | CITAR Researcher
Perseu Mandillo (Portugal) – VFX | 3D & photography
Atalaia 31 – wardrobe
Miso Studio (Portugal) – technology
COMMISSION, CO-PRODUCTION & SUPPORT
The opera is a commission by the Warsaw Autumn Festival with the friendly support of Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
“A Laugh to Cry” is a co-production of the Warsaw Autumn Festivall (Poland), the Norrbottensmusiken / Norrbotten NEO (Sweden), the São Luíz Teatro Municipal (Portugal) and the Miso Music Portugal
With the support of Secretaria de Estado da Cultura / Direcção Geral das Artes , Goethe-Institut Portugal, Instituto Camões / Embassy of Portugal in Warsow & Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
Special collaboration for research and technological implementation by researchers at the Center for Research in Science and Arts Technology (CITAR), Portuguese Catholic University in Oporto.
Weather balloons granted by the Portuguese Institute for the Ocean and Atmosphere
Cork fabric by Amorim.