#dramaqueen is a new solo show, based on the concept of the ‘monodrama’:
Monodrama: a drama acted or designed to be acted by a single person. A number of plays by Samuel Beckett are monodramas. The term may also refer to a dramatic representation of what passes in an individual mind, as well as to a musical drama for a solo performer. – Britannica encyclopedia
New York-based composer Jason Eckardt wrote a very challenging and exciting monodrama, The Silenced, for Claire Chase’s Density-project in 2015:
The Silenced is a meditation on those who are muted, by force or by political, economic, or social circumstances, yet still struggle to be heard. While composing the work, I was concerned with the ideas of trauma and self expression during and after an emotionally damaging experience. This is manifested musically by gagged, stifled sounds that are perpetually in transition towards a clearer articulation that is never fully reached. Significantly, it is the flute, not the voice, that comes closest to realising a kind of expressive “purity,” free of the noise and interference that typify so much of multilayered sound strata in the piece. – Jason Eckardt
Inspired by his embodied, interdisciplinary and politically engaged way of writing, I commissioned Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi to write a 30′-long monodrama to join Jason’s work, based on the physical struggle and limitations caused by endometriosis, an under-researched female, hormonal disease.
The title not only refers to the dramatic element of the genre – monodrama – but also towards the prejudices towards female-related diseases and conditions. Endometriosis is a painful disfunction of the hormonal system, where the endometrium appears outside of the uterus. This causes severe pain, energy loss and fertility problems, amongst other side effects.
Endometriosis is incurable – patients are no #dramaqueens!
Composer Anahita Abbasi cannot attend her own premiere because of this administration’s decision to install a travel ban for 6 countries, including people with the Iranian nationality. This is an outrage!
Darmstadt Summer Course 2018
The Silenced, a monodrama for flutist by J. Eckardt
STIMULUS, for flutist and electronics by A. Abbasi
Open Space 4, Darmstadt, Germany