An unusual relationship develops between a doomed cosmonaut as he floats through space and a lonely woman on earth who dreams of escaping the madding crowd.
Inspired by the fate of Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who was in space as the USSR fell apart, the opera takes place over four orbits as our cosmonaut, Viktor Khlebnikov, listens to grabs of intercepted transmissions and broadcasts while the political situation on Earth twists and turns. During this time, he communicates for brief moments with Angela, who, isolated in her suburban Australian bedroom, becomes increasingly obsessed with her doomed spaceman.
The opera explores time, mob mentality, the loneliness of the individual and the possibility of connection between two distant souls.
Malissa Madden Gray
Jeanie Van de Velde
Commissioned by Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Cosmonaut was produced by Dance Works, Wax Sound Media with principal supporter, NYID.