Slow recognition – Minimal, immersive, experimental

Béal present a new opera, “Slow recognition”.

The world premiere production of a minimal and immersive 50-minute chamber opera, developed by a process of close collaboration between composer David Bremner, director/dramaturg Hélène Montague and designer John Comiskey.

It will be performed in the round to small audiences at the atmospheric Unit 44 space in Stoneybatter.

This experimental piece takes an OuLiPo approach, playing with re-combinations of a small pool of text, allowing the singers to paint an expressive world into each word and for the spectator to construct a provisional narrative. Similarly the staging and design play with basic elements, clear gestures with an unclear meaning. The three characters have definite and individual characters, seemingly both familiar and strange to each other, and the clear shape of a story unfolds in time, one told through the totality of the experience rather than literally.

‘Slow recognition’ is a piece of gradual, imperceptible transitions, where a tiny change of emphasis can precipitate a sudden change in dramatic direction.

Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano)
Naomi Louisa O’Connell (mezzo-soprano)
Rory Musgrave (baritone)
Andreea Banciu (viola)

David Bremner (live electronics)

Site-specific performances at Kirkos Space, Unit 44, Stoneybatter: Wednesday July 13th 8pm, Thursday July 14th 8pm, Friday July 15th 8pm and Saturday July 16th 8pm. Entry is free; space is limited so pre-booking is advised, via

Supported by the Arts Council / AnChomhairleEalaíon, Kirkos Ensemble and the Contemporary Music Centre.

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