Recreational Science is a journey of triumphs and blunders of scientific innovation between the 18th and mid-20th centuries. The central character of "Science", herself, serves as guide and narrator. A monologue for soprano, one multi-instrumental player and laptop, it will ultimately be a fully-staged performance approximately 80 minutes in length. The pieces range in emotion from darkly comedic to orgasmic to horrific and utilize operatic, Bulgarian, extended vocal techniques and eventually pre-recorded vocals and live vocal processing.
Javier Navarrete, Oscar-nominated composer for the film Pan's Labyrinth, conceived and composed the piece specifically for Kate. The subject is factual and surreal: a list of discoveries and curiosities about applied science with an underlying critique on human faith in technological progress. The text is by Victor Nubla, used with permission.
The interplay between innovation, creativity and expression are explored throughout the piece as the narrator both relays and experiences the euphoria and despair of the scientific process.
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