Presented in association with ACMI
It is with some trepidation that we must inform you of a cruel and unusual transgression that has come to our attention. A misdeed of such magnitude as to have left no aspect of our society untouched. A crime so perfectly executed it seems to have slipped past our awareness entirely unnoticed. Knowledge of this crime, which it pains me to communicate, will surely disrupt that which you hold to be real and right – but we can no longer responsibly withhold this important information from you.
The truth is that you have been tricked. The year 1997 never ended.
Join experimental archeologist Dr Angela (voiced by poet Autumn Royal, sung by Sarah Byrne and performed by choreographer Atlanta Eke) as she guides you through an historico-forensic investigation of this most terrible crime. Throughout this video-operatic presentation, Dr Angela will be accompanied by the neuro-upload of Garry Kasparov trapped in the body of the IBM chess computer that defeated him (voiced by Alan Nguyen), and The Letter String Quartet. Debra Batton (Circus Oz, Legs on the Wall) performs as Mission Control.
Composer and LibrettistDaniel Jenatsch
CastDebra Batton, Sarah Byrne, Atlanta Eke, Alan Nguyen and Autumn Royal
Music EnsembleThe Letter String Quartet and Daniel Jenatsch
VideoAlex Cuffe and Daniel Jenatsch
Image CreditDaniel Jenatsch
A-97 was commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2016.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.