Project made possible under a 2011 New and Contemporary Classical Music performance Grant awarded to Ursula Caporali from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The satirical tragicomedy, Six Characters in Search of an Author was written by Luigi Pirandello and first performed in 1921. The six characters enlist the help of a director and a company of six actors to bring their unfinished story to life. The split between the “Actors” and the “Characters” in Six Characters seems at first to represent a division between “reality” and “illusion”. Yet, the “real” actors are specialists in achieving illusion, and the characters claim with some justification to be more “real” than reality.
The idea for the concert comes from this play. Similarly the six characters/performers are seeking a new music composer/ author. The new composer should be able to introduce and take them to a new dimension of both sound and new technical gestures of all kinds.
The artists are in need of new inspiration and aim to fall in love with new authors. They are constantly involved in the music played on stage and hope to find a new voice, perhaps a bit alternative, but definitely as strong as the old type of composers they loved so much.
In the general setting three composers (plus the one not on stage) will present themselves to the artists and convince them to perform their music.
During the two hours performance all artists both on and off stage will undergoing a slow and physiological and psychological opening up and discovery of themselves.
As Pirandello says, in his general poetics, we all are masks: what character are we in reality? What is reality? And further more who do people think we are?
Only at the very end, after the long self-exploration, alternating moments of frenetic activity and peace, will the artists see their real self reflected, when the mask is off and exchanged, symbolising a new side, a different side that no one knew.