When All Weeping Dries ~* Listening for Generational Grief
Natural disasters and species extinctions, but also mythical traditions and nuances of cultural memory. In this operatic lecture, we aim to deconstruct and transcend the bargaining stage of grief by exploring the ways through which knowledge and imagination may intersect. While theorizing the loss of biodiversity as planetary necrosis, we also look into the subtle meanings of a local catastrophe at Lake Nyos in Cameroon - "an eye of the world" - through the lens of geomythology. The sometimes delicate, other times explosive narrative voices and musical textures shape a poetic universe where constantly modifying embodiments and musical temporalities give form to a flickering entity that can counter the current planetary changes and social stagnation caused by global capitalism and discourses of "normalcy" with radical sensitivity, innocence, and queerness. Overall, this operatic lecture is an elegy for the deceased of the Earth, for those who were damned or erased due to various imbalances of our world - chemical, political, and spiritual.
Dominika Moravčíková (text) is a Ph.D. student of musicology, journalist, prose writer, and poet. In her research as well as her creative work, she explores themes of exclusion and sense of belonging to a group, collective psyché and fate, and boundaries between human and nonhuman animals. Her debut poetry collection Deti Hamelnu (Children of Hameln) was awarded the Book of the Year 2020 prize from Pravda Magazine in the original work category.
Jan Durina (music) is a Slovak interdisciplinary artist and a Ph.D. student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Through performance, photography, drawing, textile and sound Durina unfolds the nuance of each narrative, grappling with themes of loneliness, loss, the boundaries between nature and the body, and the distortions of the human mind as experienced within an ever developing gender and identity. These narratives are also evolving in his current music project called Ephemeral Harms.