“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo
What is an artivist?
As a performer, I am always looking for that passion/inspiration moment to catapult me back into the singing world. I had been kicking around the idea of doing classical music videos for some time, but it wasn’t until I brought in the context of social issues that the spark ignited. Using classical music to highlight pressing social and environmental issues has become my primary goal as an artist.
What are you working on now?
My inaugural video The Ocean's Call is about ocean pollution and features “Song to the moon” from the opera Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák. You can also listen to my of it recording here. In the opera, Rusalka is a water nymph/mermaid who falls in love with a human man and wants desperately to leave the water to be with him. (Pretty much like Disney’s The Little Mermaid… except not quite the happy ending.) Without changing the text, story or even the context of the song I have created an entirely new concept - when Rusalka sings to the moon she’s asking for help. She wants to leave the water not just because she’s in love, but because the pollution in the water is killing her. If anything, it makes the original story more believable!
For this project I partnered with some fantastic local artists in Sydney, Australia. Marina Debris is the costumer for the video and specializes in "trashion" - high fashion art made out of garbage she finds on the beach . Thibault Upton, videographer, helped me with the magic of bringing the video to life - in additional to having an amazing eye, he's also a professional surfer. Along with the videos, I am working on live multi-media performances featuring content from the original video.