Last year I was commissioned by The Street Theatre in Canberra to create an artwork specially for 'The Weight of Light' which premieres in March. As you can see the work is well aligned with my research in The Post-War Project and it was such an honour to be approached to contribute.
'The Weight of Light, is a gritty, song-filled chronicle giving voice to the personal impact of modern warfare and the costs that are born by families. Words and music from acclaimed writer Nigel Featherstone in collaboration with composer James Humberstone set the tone for a new Australian story situated in the Southern Highlands of NSW and suspenseful production where song cycle meets theatre and absolution is sought by all. Featuring the outstanding baritone Michael Lampard and acclaimed vocal repetiteur and pianist Alan Hicks, The Weight of Light opens at The Street on Saturday 3 March.
Commissioned by Goulburn Regional Conservatorium with further creative development by The Street Theatre, The Weight of Light has been three years in the making with James and Nigel brought together specifically for this project. “The text was only the start of the creative process, that there had to be room for the music; more importantly, there had to be room for the words and the music to dance,” says librettist Nigel Featherstone.
Produced by The Street and premiering in Canberra, The Weight of Light puts a focus on how a country like Australia sends its young people to war, and the challenges those men and women face when they return home. The Soldier is brought to life by Michael Lampard, a leading interpreter of new art music with Alan Hicks as The Pianist, and an award-winning creative team of director Caroline Stacey and designers Imogen Keen and Linda Buck.'
Katy Mutton is a Canberra based, Australian Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an ongoing concern around trauma and warfare and how these relate to our cultural identity and history. For more information on her artwork visit www.katymutton.com