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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jean Cocteau‘s monologues provide the inspiration behind opera and dance from Royal Opera House in London. Choreographer Aletta Collins and director Tom Cairns began to explore the inspirational synergy of music, dance and voice along with Cocteau’s themes of possession and abandonment in their dance film for Channel 4, ‘The Human Voice’. Now this programme became the live performance. In Duet for One Voice, a world-premiere, Collins re-imagines Cocteau’s monologue Duet for One Voice for dancers, with a newly composed score by composer Scott Walker. For the second, a new production sung in English, Tom Cairns stages Poulenc’s opera La Voix humaine (The Human Voice), which follows a woman’s desperate last telephone conversation with her departed lover.

“I must admit to not really being an admirer of Cocteau,” says Scott Walker in a press release. “I am, however, an admirer of Aletta Collins and her work. So when Aletta asked me to collaborate with the intention of deconstructing the original script for dance, I was grateful for the challenge to help take what is essentially, in my humble opinion, an antiquated piece of misogyny (in this case, woman as willing victim) and try to turn it on its head and use its traces to create something new.”

Cocteau Voices


17 June 2011 to 25 June 2011
Linbury Studio Theatre

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes | 1 Interval