a contemporary opera by Rose Riebl
documentation & information for presenters
This new work from acclaimed composer Rose Riebl is a gentle journey into the depths of grief. Inspired by the story of Antigone, it is a heroine's journey through an evocative soundscape, arriving in a shared catharsis and a chance to see things anew.
REVERENCE is performed by Rose Riebl on the piano, with soloists from The House, and a chorus of up to 60 women drawn from your local community. It can be performed with additional live musicians, from one percussionist, to a string section, up to a full orchestra.
Over 9 choral movements, the traditional format of an operatic requiem, female voices explore the harmony and dissonance of grief and womanhood. REVERENCE invites new and young audiences into an immersive vocal world. Performed in the round, REVERENCE envelops the audience in dynamic piano, voice, percussion, and sound design, drawing on classical, post-classical, pop and experimental music.
we come out of the dark
We come out of the dark
From what badness was I born?
What is the emergency? Who is calling me?
6 (3 x vocalists, 1 x tech, 1 x pianist, 1 x director)
2 x LX SX
minimum space: for a cast of 63 (60 local chorus members and 3 soloists) and an audience of 200, we'd estimate a space of 500m sq (e.g. 20m x 25m). Reverence is a site responsive work and can be performed in any number of indoor or outdoor spaces including theatres, foyers, churches, and galleries.
LIGHTING - description
Standard lighting rig
LIGHTING - venue to provide
Standard lighting rig
LIGHTING - producer to supply
SOUND - description
Piano, PA for mics & computer input, foldback
SOUND - venue to provide
Piano, microphones x 3, PA with inputs for mics & computer, foldback
SOUND - producer to supply
AUDIO VISUAL - description
No audio visual elements
AUDIO VISUAL - venue to provide
AUDIO VISUAL - producer to supply
DRESSING ROOM REQUIREMENTS
1 x room for soloists/chorus leaders from The House. The local chorus will arrive dressed but will need space to prepare and relax before performances.
REVERENCE is performed by 3 soloists with a community chorus. The House that Dan Built is experienced in community engagement projects that involve women and girls. The engagement is bespoke for each community and caters to the needs and capabilities of the singers and local conductors. This is an opportunity to bring together existing choirs and vocal groups in the community or build something specifically for the show.
Please note, this is an example timeline, we are happy to work with you to develop the right schedule for your community.
FORMING THE CHOIR: 4 months prior to performance. The House will work with the local community remotely to promote the project among women's groups and choirs. During this process a local conductor will be engaged.
REHEARSALS: 2 months prior to performance. Director Danielle O'Keefe will come to your community for a weekend workshop to introduce the music to the choir and local conductor. The choir will meet regularly over the following months and will have access to recordings to practice at home.
DRESS & PERFORMANCE: 3 days prior to performance The House team will arrive to rehearse with the local choir, before the season.
Due to the flexible nature of this work, the final fee will depend on how many musicians are involved.
The fee guide below is for a production with live piano, 3 x voices, and a community chorus. in this version percussion and strings will be pre-recorded.
3 performances + community engagement: $16.5 - $21.5K + 10% royalties