A concert piece like no other, The Gender Agenda will turn the Queen Elizabeth Hall into a gameshow and the audience into contestants. Complete with challenges and commercials, The Gender Agenda has all the features of a gameshow, but turned on its head - think The Generation Game meets Southpark. Guided by a charismatic presenter, audiences will be invited up onstage to play the game in this irreverent and funny exploration of gender (in)equality. The first part of the evening features cabaret-style performances from spoken word artists and London Sinfonietta musicians. Re-capturing the spirit of change that accompanied the London Sinfonietta’s first ever concert in 1968, this event marks the ensemble’s return to the Queen Elizabeth Hall in its re-opening festival. Venables’ opera adaptation of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis won him an RPS award and was nominated for an Olivier award. His Illusions (2017) forms the later part of the evening, written as an address to the new government and featuring performance artist David Hoyle.
7.30pm Foyer performances
8.15pm Philip Venables The Gender Agenda (world premiere; suitable for ages 12+)
9.30pm Philip Venables Illusions (contains violent imagery and drug references, suitable for ages 18+)
Jessica Cottis conductor
Ted Huffman director
CONNECT is a European-wide project to create and perform new compositions which involve the public in their realisation. Philip Venables' The Gender Agenda will also be performed around Europe by the project's other ensembles: Asko|Schönberg in Amsterdam, Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música in Porto.
Supported by ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE in collaboration with London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Asko|Schönberg and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música
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