Conception, composition, staging : Pierre Jodlowski
Scenography : Claire Saint Blancat - Libretto : Frank Witzel - Dramaturge : Martina Stütz
Soprano : Joanna Freszel
Actor : Thomas Hauser
Musicians : Ensemble Nadar
Computer music designer Ircam : Thomas Goepfer
On Christmas Eve 2013, the British Crown issued a formal posthumous pardon to the mathematician Alan Turing. After openly acknowledging a homosexual relationship, Turing was forced in 1952 to undergo chemical castration, homosexuality being a criminal offence in Great Britain at the time. Shut out from scientific circles and gradually excluded from society altogether, Turing died at the premature age of 42 as a result of hormone treatment he had been ordered to take. The trajectory of this exceptional figure’s life, and his relationship with the wider community, demands the most intense reappraisal. The concentrated genius and sheer historical importance of his work seem to be in sharp contrast to his social status and role as a victim. Turing seems, in a tragic sense, to embody the history of the 20th century: one of its very greatest contributors to scientific progress and yet the victim of dark forces and profound intolerance – all because he was different.
The project forms at the crossroads of music and theater. It will bring together five musicians, one singer and one actor on original music, text and staging. The project includes all media that operate nowadays in the context of music theater: music (live and electronics), text, scenography, lights, video, real-time video and audio streaming, sensors techniques.
18 September 2021 at Warsaw Autumn Festival - Poland
17 October 2021 at Donaueschingen Musiktage - Germany
21 October 2021 at Théâtre Bijolke of Ghent - Belgium
22 June 2022 at Cité de la Musique de Paris - France
Delegate producer : éole – studio de création musicale
Coproduction : Ircam-Centre Pompidou - SWR Donaueschingen Musiktage - Warsaw Autumn
Supported by : Fonds franco-germano-suisse pour la musique contemporaine / Impuls neue Musik, Bureau Export
Computer part of the work produced in Ircam -Centre Pompidou's studios