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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
July 13-16, 2005
Los Angeles, CA

REDCAT and Outfest
presents:

The Judas Cradle
Opera Meets Performance Art

Four performances only. Starting at 8:30 PM each evening
Tickets prices: $25; $22 for Outfest members.

This multimedia operatic drama uses body and voice, as well as projected image and elaborate costumes, to explore the history of torture and personal suffering. The four performances are part of the Platinum Section of Outfest 2005, a signature showcase dedicated to films, videos, live performances and multimedia works that defy boundaries.

"The Judas Cradle can only be described as a visually stunning piece of work, which moves the senses and disturbs the intellect. It invites the audience to question the very nature of the human condition, the authority that is in operation to judge and control us and how, as humans, we are so capable of subverting this." (Giovanna Maria Casetta, Colchester Journal)

Athey performs with a barbaric torture device, also named the Judas cradle, while undergoing an operatic inquisition from Snapper. Forcing his body to transcend its confines, Athey pushes the limits of endurance through artistic expression.

"Athey's voice spins around my taut string, greasing it up, defining its space and pulling light in," says Snapper. "Our trilling, nuzzling, beating phonography is a struggle between one body disciplined and one body stretching to capacity."

The multilingual libretto is built from disparate sources, including transcripts of Inquisition hearings, opera quotes, and Jean Genet's closing statement of the witness from Prisoner of Love. Vocal techniques include high-pitched duets, Mae West-inspired Debussy and spirit-induced speaking in tongues.

Conceived and performed by Ron Athey and Juliana Snapper, with live accompaniment and sound design by Amanda Piaseki, costume design by Susan Mattheson, and video/supertitles by Cyril Kuhn. The Judas Cradle was originally commissioned by Fierce! Festival with support from Arts Council England.

Venue:
Walt Disney Concert Hall
8:30 PM
135 North Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Map 
213.972.7211

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