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
Listen to David Chesworth, Tony Bond and Jolanta Nowak talk about ideas and themes in the Richter/Meinhof-Opera. Moderated by ABC Radio National’s Tony MacGregor. (Wednesday 16 May 2012)
Part of Focus on contemporary 2012
Friday 8 June, 6.30pm
(Friday 8.10pm performance cancelled)
Saturday 9 June, 6.30pm & 8.10pm
Non-members & members $30
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Book online, below.
Please note 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
Image: David Chesworth Richter-Meinhof/Opera 2010 Performance at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art