Zolle by Du Yun
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Du Yun's Zolle depicts a dead woman land-watcher, Zolle, who wanders through the space between memory and reality, between life and the afterlife. She must choose between living and dying, but she is unable to. In the end, she decides to let go of both life and death, and turns into a mound of earth. Du Yun's score employs spoken text as well as lyrical and dramatic vocal lines, and evokes the psychology of being an immigrant adapting to a new culture and land. Dangerous landscapes are depicted by dark timbres and ghostly trills. The cast includes soprano Hila Plitmann, mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and tenor Brian Anderson. The libretto is by the composer.