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Aria is a verbal/graphic score consisting of 26 verbally and 10 graphically instructed parts. Performer(s) are invited to make a solo or group realization of the composition using any amount of this material. In the case of a group realisation the order of actions and their respective timings should be decided collectively prior to the performance. All decisions about how to structure and perform the piece should be made collectively (not by one individual), through a process of conversation and rehearsal. Ιn the case of a large group or choir (more than 10 persons) the players should at first collectively decide the duration of their performance and then they should form subgroups. Each of these should collectively decide upon the material to be played in the predetermined duration. It is not necessary for each sub-group to know prior to the performance what any other is going to play.
The chosen actions of Aria may be combined in any manner (based on the performers’ choice), so that an action can continue while another starts, more than one action can be performed simultaneously etc. An action can be repeated by the same person provided that one or more other actions are inserted between repetitions to avoid successive appearances of the same action. The order in which the actions are presented in this score reflects no structural preference on the part of the composer. The duration of the performance of the piece is indeterminate but it should not be less than eight minutes.
Aria may be performed on its own or simultaneously with Blocked Piano (2011) or Words of Nothing (2010). In either case both pieces (Aria-Blocked Piano or Aria-Words of Nothing) can be performed as solo pieces (one performer for each piece) but all decisions regarding the realization of the combination of the two compositions should be made collectively (not by one individual), through a process of conversation and rehearsal.
If the performer(s) make any use of the graphic scores in Aria, they should make use of the following “mood” list for every action they perform. Every action resulting from the graphic scores has to appear in a different character (mood). The 21 moods can be performed in one of the following modes: “normal” (casual speaking), “whispering”, "nasal” and “as fast as you can”. You are encouraged to perform your chosen action(s) as naturally as possible. Extreme displays and theatrics should be avoided.
with joy with doubt
with rage with embarrassment
with certainty with indifference
with charm with anger
with terror triumphal
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