Speaker: Jessica Aszodi
“Desire only exists when assembled or machined” (Deleuze & Parnet, 1977). In this talk Jess gets into the machined nature of desire, within and between the bodies of performers and audiences. Discussing her own and recent collegial work focused on the interactivity of politics, decision-making, desire and performance, this talk will look at unpacking, reframing and queering habits of power relations and desire, via embodied performance and voice. Jess takes recent feminist writing by Manon Garcia, Sarah Ahmed, Amia Srinivasan, Ben Spatz, and Nina Eidsheim as her theoretical frame-work, and will show how this practice-based research and philosophy influences her practice as a singer and theatre-maker. She will discuss her recent experimental opera when I go as an example for Critiquing the conventional politics of sexuality and performance through the lens of performance and practice-based research.
About the speaker
Jessica Aszodi is a vocalist who has built up a truly idiosyncratic set of embodied knowledges. Her work crosses between opera, experimental music, improvisation, composition, music theatre, and practice-based research. Her writing focuses on the materiality and politics of embodiment practices in the creation of new performance. She has performed as a soloist with opera houses and ensembles around the world including the London Sinfonietta, Wiener Volksoper, Nederlands Reisoper, Hamburg Staatsoper, Musikfabrik, ICE, Pinchgut Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, and Symphony Orchestras across the world. Twice nominated for Greenroom Award as ‘best female operatic performer’, she won 2019 performance of the year at the Australian Art Music Awards.
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