Pavarotti and Me

A show about listening, remembering, reminiscence, anecdote, the nostalgia of the CD, lovers, friends ... oh, and hearing anew one of the greatest voices on recording.

Sunday 13th September at 7.00pm

Thursday 17th September at 7:30pm

Sunday 20th September at 7.00pm

Thursday 24th September at 7:30pm

Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre

Crouch End, London

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Performance artist, scholar and self professed opera queen, Daniel Somerville, presents a performance encounter that merges listening and moving to opera with storytelling that draws on opera narratives, autobiography and anecdote.  The work is a developing companion piece to his Admiring La Stupenda which explored his relationship to Joan Sutherland, while incorporating references to his relationship with his mother, in an homage to Kazuo Ohno’s landmark Butoh performance Admiring L’ArgentinaMe and Pavarotti is a continuation of Somerville’s investigation into the ‘operatic’ as a form of movement and the use of opera theory and practice as a model for contemporary performance making and storytelling.  The artificiality of the operatic and the raw intensity of memory and association collide in an evocative encounter between audience and performer.  Pavarotti and Me is a performance about nostalgia, memory, friends, lovers, lost ways, reminiscences, and hearing anew, one of the greatest voices on recording.

Biography: Daniel Somerville, (PhD)

Daniel Somerville is an artist practitioner, lecturer, practice based researcher and opera queen.  His research interests are in the field of opera studies, with particular focus on the concept of the ‘operatic’ and how this manifests in terms of movement, performance practice and convention.  As an artist practitioner he has choreographed, directed and performed nationally and internationally and has been supported by Arts Council England. Daniel trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and undertook his MA at Goldsmiths.  His PhD research, the thesis of which is titled, ‘Body Opera: In Search of the Operatic in the Performance of the Body’, was supported by The Centre for Art and Design Research Experimentation (CADRE) at the University of Wolverhampton.  Daniel is a specialist tutor in Opera Studies at Rose Bruford and lectures in Drama and Performance at the University of Worcester, where he specialises in using the models that opera theory and practice present as the impetus for creating devised and physical performance. He also lectures in queer theory and has applied this theoretical framework to his interrogation of opera.  The work he is presenting at ImpFest is the beginning of a practice research project concerning the ambiguity and power of anecdote in contemporary performance.