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Future Remains

a double bill of

Diary of One Who Disappeared  by Leoš Janáček

Fumeblind Oracle  by Huw Belling & Pierce Wilcox (world premiere)

Presented by Sydney Festival

View the program here

Written in the aftermath of World War I, Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Diary of One Who Disappeared is a lacerating song cycle of delusion and illicit desire centred on a man who would abandon everything for forbidden love. Troubling and sensual, it has never been staged in Australia – until now.

And there’s more. In response to Janáček’s masterpiece, SCO’s Huw Belling (Victory Over the Sun) spins out the tale, taking it to new and dangerous depths in the world premiere of Fumeblind Oracle, a partner piece in which the lone woman moves from love poetry to god-guided violence.

Inspired by Sappho and Homer’s Iliad, a new libretto by Pierce Wilcox (Oscar & Lucinda) breaks expectation to pieces and builds a real, breathing person from the shards while director Alexander Berlage, acclaimed for American Psycho and Cry-Baby applies his electric visual style to this remarkable diptych.

Photography: Craig Wall

  • Singers
  • Andrew Goodwin & Jessica O'Donoghue
  • Piano
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director & Lighting Design
  • Alexander Berlage
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Jeremy Allen
  • Sound Design
  • Benjamin Carey
  • Dramaturg
  • Bernadette Fam
  • Actors
  • Amy Hack, Chemon Theys
  • Date & Time
  • 8pm Wed 6, Thu 7, Fri 8 Jan; 5pm Sat 9, Sun 10 Jan.
  • Venue
  • Carriageworks Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
  • Duration
  • 65 minutes
  • Tickets
  • $53- 59 Available here
  • Acknowledgements
  • This production is proudly supported by Kim Williams AM and was developed as part of Carriageworks 2020 In Development Program.

    The staging of Diary of One Who Disappeared was commissioned by Sydney Opera House, enabled by Prof Ross Steele AM.

    Piano sponsored by Kawai Pianos, Australia.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the NSW Government through Create NSW.
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