micro-saga (music / interactive lecture / dance) after Hesiod’s Theogony
written and performed by Steve Potter & Kélina Gotman
THE AFTERBIRTH OF THE GODS (Krono-Metre) borrows structures and tropes from Hesiod’s Theogony to construct a narrative that undoes, redoes and “buggers” contemporary myths and stories about godhead: nouns and lists stand alternately for abstract figures and functions, and for densities and intensities. Enumeration evokes infinity in Hesiod’s account, as Zeus, Ocean and others spawn countless new creatures serving at once to image and to birth concepts and characters. Quoting Charles Manson, Disneyland, Xenakis, Chuang Tzu, Nagarjuna, and the mythic Laotian messiah, Amonghi, this micro-saga alternates between parable, soundscape, cabaret, newscast, operetta, mime, lecture, and concrete poetry event, to recast the sense-making process involved in reading ancient text: in this world of interpretation, strictly analytic exegesis is trumped by durational structures and collage, juxtaposition, resonance and rhyme. The result is a boisterous, irreverent piece of music-theatre making new forms of sense out of the old.