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For Sylvia

2017 | Music Theatre | Cello, Voice, Piano

c.45 minutes


Instrumentation: Voice, Piano, Cello / Vocalist, Pianist, Cellist
Premiere: FLUID festival, Birmingham, UK, September 2017

Even if it’s not presentable, should we share?​

Are we comfortable with what we’re doing​

You have to be calm to be listened to.​

- Lex Kallio, excerpts from text generated in the devising process of For Sylvia


About For Sylvia and Savage Parade:

Between 2014 and 2018, info read: Savage Parade is an ensemble of queer, classically trained musicians, whose work explores freedom of representation and visibility of queer identities within the rigidity of the classical musical tradition.

Since its founding in 2014, the ensemble has developed a specific working methodology centred around devised composition and performance generated through discussion, debate, and improvisation. Their work draws heavily on interdisciplinary practice, while maintaining music as the core element through which contemporary issues surrounding queerness, gender, identity, and social politics, are explored.

For Sylvia is the first public product of this process. Taking as its starting point notions of queer erasure, censorship and self-silencing, the piece is an open confessional in the form of a trio recital - an affirmation of overt queer thought and voice, within architecture of a concert space.

The video below is taken from a performance of For Sylvia at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK.

Please note that this work contains reference to: Suicide, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Aggression.

Viewer discretion is therefore advised.


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