Théâtre de l’Odéon/Opéra de Marseille
The legendary work by John Cage is brought to life with a contemporary update. Seven harpsichordplayers will be joined by seven visual artists during this five-hour performance. Participants will be submerged in the colourful, psychedelic Cage universe and are invited to explore the space: sit, walk around or just stand and absorbe the atmosphere.
It took composers John Cage and Lejaren Hiller two years to complete HPSCHD, a work “for one to seven harpsichords”, tape machines, and slide projectors. The solos were based on works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann. For the premiere in 1969, slides of the landing on the moon, and film scenes involving space, were selected, as well as banners, surreal posters and portraits of Cage, Mozart, Beethoven … 7000 people attended this five-hour multimedia jamboree, and witnessed this sonic experiment as “like the random sounds of civilization”.