Sideshow

Sideshow

Programme:
STEVEN KAZUO TAKASUGI, SIDESHOW, for amplified octet and electronic playback in five movements (2009-2015)
performed by ENSEMBLE TZARA
The Irish premier of Steven Takasugi’s concert-length music theatre masterwork for chamber ensemble. Based on the dark sideshows of Coney Island’s amusement parks in the early part of the 20th century, SIDESHOW is a meditation on virtuosity, freak shows, entertainment, spectacle, business, and the sacrifices one makes to survive in this world. A cycle of six aphorisms by the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus is embedded as a subtext running through the work. (kairos-music)

“There is an unrepentant nakedness¬†in Takasugi’s performances that suggests an intensely¬†honest viewing¬†of the world. The work’s language is one of immediacy. Such immediacy¬†is¬†increasingly the¬†vehicle¬†for storytelling, as manifest¬†in the recent and¬†cripplingly engrossing¬†SIDESHOW¬†(2009-15). It is like a¬†Wizard of Oz¬†bereft of tornadoes and technicolor: rather than journeying with spectacle, we find ourselves already in the¬†foreign land. This new place emerges from the one¬†we have always known, or thought we knew.” (Ray Evanoff, fociarts.com)

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