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"Allegro Molto Con Brio King Kong" (1999, duration 40:00) is a dance opera and multi media performance with the music composition and concept by Kenneth Doren, choreography by Danielle McCulloch with libretto by Doug DeRoche. The performance is a digital re-working of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ballet Music The Creatures of Prometheus scored back for an acoustic rendition and performed by five string players and one video taped opera singer (Patrice Jegou). The libretto and choreography for 3 dancers are based on television and movie culture juxtapose with the myth about the Greek god Prometheus. The dance, music and writings embody pop culture paralleling antiquity. This synthesis explores the genres of technology based new music, opera and dance.

Composer, director, concept: Kenneth Doren
Choreographer: Danielle McCulloch
Libretto: Doug DeRoche
Transcription for quintet: Matt Firmston
Costume Designer: Conroy Nachtigall

Dancers: Stephanie Cumming
              Lauren Diemer
              Nicole Tritter

Conductor: Matt Firmston
Mezzo Soprano: Patrice Jegou
1st Violin: Donovan Seidle
2nd Violin: Hildi Ireland
Viola: Rhonda Henshaw
Cello: Olena Kilchyk
Double Bass: Nick Boychuk

Allegro Molto Con Brio King Kong: movements

1 Overtüre
2 Prolog (Fernseh-Chor), Vorbereiten um fernzusehen
3 Das Floß des Nosferatu
4 Fay Wray oder das Ehelied
5 Sonate in Form von verlorenen Erinnerungen für's Fernsehen, 1. Bewegung
6 O magnum mysterium tremendum MASH
7 Kim Novaks Nachtmusik
8 Sonate in Form von verlorenen Erinnerungen für's Fernsehen, 2. Bewegung
9 Ted Cassidy quasi metamorphosis
10 Werbung
11 John Waynes letztes Lied
12 Sonate in Form von verlorenen Erinnerungen für's Fernsehen, 3.
     Bewegung
13 Gloria in excelsio Roger Moore
14 Gott segne King Kong
15 Ruhevolles Fernsehen (Being a star)
16 Clint Eastwood vivace
17 Totentanz (Krimichor)
18 Ekstase Finale

Allegro interview Interview: Multimedia and Allegro Molto Con Brio King Kong, 1999

King Kong review Extensive Review by Jim Ellis in Canadian Theatre Review, Winter 2000

"Allegro molto con brio king kong, subtitled “a digital opera,” is a fascinating and compelling investigation of the intersections between technology, culture and myth in the modern era."

- by Jim Ellis in Canadian Theatre Review Winter 2000

read libretto Read Allegro Molto Con Brio King Kong's Libretto  
listen to audio Gloria in excelsio Roger Moore - (acoustic version)  
listen to audio Clint Eastwood vivace - (digital version)  
listen to audio sample Totentanz (Krimichor) - (digital version)  
   
   
   
   

Stills captured from video documentation

April 8 - 10, 1999
Dancers' Studio West, Calgary, Canada