Thank for mentioning our operetta in your article about the Solo Takes On festival. I just want to clarify the topic and breadth of our show. It is not about my mother, but it is a collaboration with three other women, including the philosopher, Luce Irigaray. kindly see our press release below.
Also, just so the readers understand what this operetta is about, here is our description:
“No One Hurts You More Than S/Mother.”
A one-woman opera about the first and only woman we ever loved, our mother.
Press Release: “No One Hurts You More Than S/Mother,” a hybrid work of operatic vocals, maternal myth, and drama, morphs our notion of longing to highlight the first and only woman we ever loved, our mother. S/Mother, as self-reproductive is the mother as artist, responsible for human life and death with a voice that enacts simultaneous births. Ravenous after she sings, she consumes those around her rather than nurture them. Those around S/Mother want her to become human to get the love they need, creating havoc for the balance of the universe. As S/Mother strives to find rest and solace within her body, S/Mother undergoes her own transformation. Can S/Mother successfully recreate herself?
Shannon Wong Lerner is an artist-scholar who is working on her doctoral degree through UNC-CH’s Communication Studies figured on the work of this opera. This is her first solo show that uses operatic voice, inspired by the work of philosopher, Luce Irigaray. Shannon has studied with Luce Irigaray, and her book chapter, “Methods of Irigarayan Breath for Voice and Dance” will be included in the forthcoming book with Irigaray, Breathing With Luce Irigaray, published by Continuum Press. This is a collaborative project with professional opera singer and vocal coach Monifa Harris and musical arrangement Kristina Warren.
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