Composed for The Song Company and Syzygy Ensemble, two of Australia’s leading ensembles, Hidden Thoughts is a 60-minute work by composer Katy Abbott. The work’s text is based upon responses to an online survey devised by Dr Abbott and author Kaz Cooke, consisting of a series of questions intended to uncover the most intimately held thoughts of the women who took part.
Concert audiences will be surveyed in the same manner and their responses integrated into each performance, and it is for the purpose of designing this integration that Dr Abbott, director Thomas de Mallet Burgess and musicians of Syzygy Ensemble and The Song Company will travel to UKARIA Cultural Centre in South Australia from February 5th – 9th for a creative development residency.
Hidden Thoughts is a bold artistic endeavour that seeks to explore – within the glare of public performance – the thoughts and desires we keep closest, and to express the inner narrator we strive to keep secret. Through its use of audience participation, the internal conflicts arising from societal expectations and self-censorship will be powerfully addressed in a live, communal experience. The value of the ideas behind the work and its potential to engage audiences has already been recognised by the Australia Council for the Arts, which supported the commission of the piece, the UKARIA Cultural Centre, which selected the project for residency, and by the University of Melbourne, which has contributed towards travel and accommodation costs. Furthermore, ABC Classic FM will record the work for broad- and podcast.
In order to facilitate this final, vital stage of the development process, donations are sought to cover the fees for Syzygy Ensemble, The Song Company and director Thomas de Mallet Burgess during the residency at UKARIA. As such, donations will directly contribute to the creation of the finished work and to the production of a recording that, in addition to reaching audiences through broadcast, will be used to pursue further performances at notable festivals around the country.