Project Title: Bruce Crossman’s Shy Like Blushing Flowers
Project date: 11 October 2017
Image credits: Simon Killalea
Client: Bruce Crossman, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts
Media: Live performance, video/audio
Contribution: Sound design, diffusion, recording & mix
Shy Like Blushing Flowers Interlude 1—Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love; Part 1—Garden of Fire; Interlude 2—Strange Invisible Perfume (film/chamber opera development: Simon Killalea/Bruce Crossman) Performers: Anna Fraser (mezzo-soprano), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Linda Yim (piano); video artist Simon Killalea and sound designer Ian Stevenson. Technical logistics: Tim Anikin (sound), Ben Turner (lighting). Film: Simon Killalea. Composition: Bruce Crossman. Shy Like Blushing Flowers Development: (1) Interlude 1: “Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love” (film); Film 1: Simon Killalea; Musicians: Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Timothy Phillips (percussion); Recording: Ian Stevenson; Composition: Bruce Crossman; Text: translations Lindy Li Mark from the Young Lovers’ Edition Peony Pavilion, Tang Xianzu (2) Part 1: “Garden of Fire” (trio version; live/digital visuals); Live Performance: Artists: Anna Fraser (mezzo-soprano), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Linda Yim (piano), Ian Stevenson (sound diffusion/design), Simon Killalea (video artist), Bruce Crossman (composer/ music director) (3) Interlude 2: “Strange Invisible Perfume” (film) Film 2: Simon Killalea; Musicians: Chiu Tanching (guzheng), Claire Edwardes (percussion); Recording: Ian Stevenson & David Rapicano; Composition: Bruce Crossman; Text: translations Lindy Li Mark from the Young Lovers’ Edition Peony Pavilion, Tang Xianzu; Romanisations of the Chinese script by Jocelyn Chey of Anthony and Cleopatra, Act 5, scene 2, lines 275-280 and Act 2, scene 2, lines 220-225 (Enobarbus) and Song of Songs, chapter 5, verses 5-6.
Text by Bruce Crossman