Melodrama


Pandora, Organic Machine (2011)

"Melodrama" for actor, optional dancer and quartet (violin, alo saxophone, trumpet, piano).
Text by Dagny Gioulami
Commissioned by Counterpoise for first performance at the Cheltenham Festival, 9.vii.2011
Duration: c. 30 minutes
Counterpoise
 

On the Edge (2008)
"Melodrama" for actor, video and quartet
Concept and text-editing by Dagny Gioulami
Videos by Syl Betulius
Texts by Sir Arnold Lunn, Werner Munter and anon (Swiss Tale)
Instrumentation: piano, violin, trumpet and alto saxophone
Commissioned by Deborah Calland for first performance by Counterpoise in 2008 in Nottingham (25th April), Newbury (15th May), London (10th July), Buxton (24th July), Oxford (22nd November), Cambridge (23rd November), Bristol (25th November), York (21st January 2009), St Andrews (18th February 2009).
Duration: 40 minutes
Press:
"weird and wonderful" - Michael Church, Independent, 18.vii.2008
"Rushton's score struck sparks off words and pictures, making the most of the unlikely instrumental combinations. No mere accompaniment, it became an evocative drama in its own right. Any such juxtaposition runs the risk of one element, probably the visual, dominating the others. Here the balance seemed spot on." - Nick Kimberly, Evening Standard, 11.vii.2008
"On the Edge seemed less a revival of an all-but-extinct musical form than a tribute to an all-but-extinct breed of Englishman." - Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday, 20.vii.2008