Michelangelo Drawing Blood (2013)
A music-theatre work in one act
composed for countertenor, bass recorder, theorbo, percussion (timpani, dulcimer and tubular bells) and viola da gamba; choir (SATB), trombone ensemble (alto, 2 tenors, bass)
duration: 75 minutes
First performed at Forum Theatre, Malvern on 22 March 2013 with James Hall (countertenor), László Rózsa (bass recorder), Jamie Akers (theorbo), Michael Clark (percussion), Ibrahim Aziz (viola da gamba), Aaron Jeffrey (dancer), Stefano Giglioni (actor)
Inspired by Michelangelo’s sketchbooks, sonnets and figure studies, Michelangelo Drawing Blood uses as a starting point the artist’s own concept of “releasing” a sculpture, and explores the process of creativity and creation.
Through a series of a dozen scenes – episodic, real and imagined – the work contrasts Michelangelo’s conception of creativity and divine vision with his own internal struggles.
Link to Michelangelo Drawing Blood website here