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solo violin and electronics

audio-only version ca. 30'; multimedia performance version ca. 45'



Theorem is a multidisciplinary, immersive performance work currently in development by the Theorem Collective, comprised of artist Antonia Contro , violinist Clara Lyon, composer Eliza Brown, poet Elizabeth Bradfield, animator Joseph E. Merideth, and designer/art director Andrew Boyce. It investigates the geometry of secrets that we carry through our lives, in our bodies, and within the spaces we inhabit. It uses sound, image, story, and environment to meditate on a long-held silence, mapping its form and legacy.

Theorem began in 2017, when visual artist Antonia Contro and poet Elizabeth Bradfield decided to collaborate. Together, they created a visual, tactile, and lyric experience in book form. In 2019, Candor Arts published a fine art edition of Theorem that is held by Harvard University, the Menil Collection, and elsewhere. In 2020, Poetry Northwest Editions published a trade edition. Now the Theorem Collective is working to bring this unique expression into a performance format with original electro-acoustic music featuring live solo violin, Bradfield’s recorded reading of the Theorem text, and electronically processed and spatialized field recordings accompanying multi-screen, projected animations of Contro’s images in a designed environment.

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