The Death of Cook Part 1
January 18, 2014 | By Jan Hubrechsen |
A script with sound and image cues, based on performances at The Performance Space, Sydney, October 1984. Multi-media and at the same time a stark opera inspired by the Kumilopo -the Hawaiian Creation Chant- and the metre of an Indian sacred chant, the subject matter is the infection of Polynesia by European culture. Created in partnership with Tom Ellard, stalwart of electronic music group Severed Heads. The many images in the script serve to illustrate the text, often obliquely, as well as to present a narrative parallel to the text's. The play moves backward in time, from contemporary economic manipulators, to somewhat deranged colonial administrators of the early C20th, the zealots of the Christian Missionary Societies of the C19th, and finally to Cook the great navigator of the C18th.