Créatrices/flûtistes Tessa Brinckman and Jane Rigler have created Women in Parallel Empires a 22-minute acousmatic video, “space opera”, in posthumous collaboration with Cécile Chaminade’s Sérénade aux étoiles (Serenade to the stars, 1911). Women in Parallel Empires explores how we might reclaim flute compositions by women composers dismissed from the Western canon, by re-assembling them within contemporary contexts, and addressing (and/or subverting) the concept of Empire, genius, and extraction in Western “art” music.
What does it mean to serenade to, and not extract from, the stars?
(*funded by the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Faculty Assembly Women’s Committee grant 2020-21)
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing…”
Arundhati Roy from An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (2005)