A new staged work in development for actor, female voice and electronics, medieval vocal trio (two sopranos and mezzo-soprano), cello, and 3D projections. Duration: approximately 75 minutes.
Written, composed and directed by Amy Beth Kirsten for the HOWL ensemble. Co-created with choreographer, Denisa Musilova and lighting designer, Mary Ellen Stebbins.
Currently looking for producers/venues interested in commissioning this piece for 2021.
What’s the piece about?
Knocking on an Empty House is about a man who has lost everything. At home alone, he contends with all that is absent from his life. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him, a stranger sits on the roof of his house – and stays there. Over time, the stranger begins to grow wings and transform into a bird. Throughout the 75-minute work, the transfiguration begins to threaten the life of the stranger. How are the man and the stranger connected? The medieval vocal trio, as narrator, gives the spectator possible clues to the answer.
A portion of the set – as well as the stranger’s wings – will be made primarily of projected 3D film. The music will juxtapose vocal electronic music (sung by Amy Beth performing the role of the stranger) and medieval vocal trio and cello. The actor will contribute not only his stage presence and spoken text, but will also use his spoken voice as part of the musical landscape.