Sacred Environment – libretto

Sacred Environment
Libretto

1.

S. Chorus

Damp smell, rising mist, distant crow, bare skin, cold water, wiry hair, flickering, shadow.

A. Chorus

A tattoo, dirt between, the finger nails.

S/A. Chorus

Toes covered, in moss, a footstep, imprinted, on green. The sound of bodies,
scraping branches, breath hanging, in the air, pale figures, deep emerald, flesh, Rocks.

T. Chorus

Nails, toes, moss, foot-step, printed, green, bodies, branches, hanging, air, figures, deep, flesh, rocks.

X2

Sop.

Corymbia Eximia, Corymbia Gummifera, Corymbia Maculata, Eucalyptus Beyeriana, Eucalyptus Consideriana, Eucalyptus Punctata, Eucalyptus Pilularis, Eucalyptus Propinqua, Eucalyptus Agglomerata, Syncarpia Glomulifera, Angophora Costata, Angophora Bakeri.

S.Chorus

Damp smell, rising mist, distant crow, bare skin, cold water, wiry hair, flickering, shadow.

S/A.Choir

Smell, Mist, Crow, Skin, Water, Hair, Flicker, Shadow

A.Chorus

A tattoo, dirt between, the finger-nails.

S/A.Choir

Tattoo, Dirt, Nails

S/A. Chorus

Toes covered, in moss, a footstep, imprinted, on green, the sounds of bodies, scraping branches, breath hanging, in the air, pale figures, deep emerald, flesh, rocks.

S.A. Choir

Toes, Moss, Footstep, Printed, Green, Bodies, Branches, Hanging, Air, Figures, Deep, Flesh, Rocks.

Sop.&Choir

Eucapyptus Molucana, Eucalyptus Siderphoia, Eucalyptus Propinqua, Eucalyptus Punctata, Eucalyptus Crebra, Sycarpia Glomulifera, Corymbia Maculata, Angophora Costata, Angophora Bakeri, Corymbia Eximia, Corymbia Gummifera, Eucalyptus Sclerophyla, Eucalyptus Sparsifolia, Eucalyptus Deanei, Eucalyptus Agglomerata.

2.

Sop.

Blindfolded woman, we see the bush through her eyes, yet she herself cannot see. Her hands are raw, red around the tips of her fingers, and the rest of her body is in darkness, except a line captured by a rare ray of moonlight though an aperture, in the canopy.

A. Chorus

Mud and Shadows are mixed.

Sop.

Her outfit is white but smeared with earth, and there is a band across her eyes, made from the same cloth

A. Chorus

Blindfold me, I surrender to you, lead me.

T. Chorus

She has chosen not to make a decision. To do so she has closed her eyes.

A. Choir

There is a sudden chill, a faint smell of smoke, a rising rush of wind, particles of ash.

A. Chorus

The air changes.

T. Chorus

We don’t know if she is alone. We cannot tell whether the shapes, bodies, limbs and skin are hers, or the increasingly humanlike branches of trees, ferns and scrub.

T. Choir

Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, in die illa tremenda, quando coeli movendi sunt et terra. Dum veneris judicare saeculum per ignem.
Tremens factus sum ego, et timeo, dum discussio venerit atque ventura ira

A. Choir

Quando coeli movendi sunt et terra.
Dies illa, dies irae, calamitatis et miseriae, dies magna et amara valde.
Dum veneris judicare saeculum per ignem.

A.T. B. Choir

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Tutti Choir

Quartz Arenite, Silica, Siderite, Chalybite, Calcite, Ankerite, Dolomite, Mica, Muscovite, Biorite, Alkali Feldspar, Albite, Anorthclase, Microline, Orthoclase, Sanidine, Plagioclase, Feldspar, Anorthite, Bytownite Labradonite, Andesine, Oligoclase, Albite, Kaolinite, Illite, Chlorite, Smecite, Zircon, Tourmaline, Rutile, Hornablende, Pyroxene, Garnet, Epidote, Apatite, Andalusite, Magnatite, Carbonate, Hematite, Pyrite.

3.

T. Chorus

They join her as companions and accompany her on this journey led by what she hears. She navigates her mind, a great Cathedral of caves and ridges ornamented with roots and giant trunks of trees.

A. Chorus

Blindfolded, this woman is led into the bush. She can hear and smell and feel but she cannot see and she will not speak.

Tutti Choir

Melithreptus Gularis, Xanthomyza Phrygia, Pomatostomus Temporalis, Ninox Strenua

S/B. Chorus

Tyto Novaehollandiae, Tyto Tenebricosa, Dasyurus Maculatus, Phascogale Tapoatafa, Phascolarctos Cinereus

T. Chorus

She surrenders to her fate and listens without judgement.

Choir

Cercartetus Nanus, Petaurus Australis, Petaurus Norfolcencis, Petrogale Penicillata, Pteropus Poliocephalus, Mormopterus Norfolkensis

Solo

Dromaius Novaehollandiae

T. Chorus

She carries with her the burden of memory and the burden of fear but she is not afraid.

Tutti Choir

Chalinolobus Dwyen, Miniopterus Austrealis, Minipterus Schreibersii, Scoteanax Rueppellii

Solo

Tachyglosidae

S/ B. Choir

Heleioporus Australiacus, Pseudophryne Australis, Varanus Rosenbergi, Hoplocephalus Bungaroides Ixobrychus Flavicollis.

Solo

Macropodiae

T/A. Chorus

She allows herself to be vulnerable, there is no escape, no help. She accepts that.

Her mind is filled with the sound of near and far, the smell of life and death, the sense of light and dark.

Choir

Melithreptus Gularis, Xanthomyza Phrygia, Pomatostomus Temporalis, Ninox Connivens, Ninox Strenua, Tyto Novaehollandiae, Tyto Tenebricosa, Dasyurus Maculatus, Phascogale Tapoatafa, Phascolarctos Cinereus, Cercatetus Nanus.

Solo

Varanus

T. Chorus

She feels warm and cold but she is not afraid.

Solo

Tachyglosidae, Dromaius Novaehollandiae, Varanus, Macropodiae, Tachyglosidae, Varanus, Dromaius Novaehollandiae

Tutti Choir

Petaurus Australis, Petaurus Norfolcensis, Petrogale Penicillata, Pteropus Poliocephalus

Solo&Choir

Arm, a back, genitals, a wound, a nose, a face, a lump, a tattoo, an ant, a spider’s web.

4.

Solo

Lacrimosa dies illa qua resurget ex favilla judicandus homoreus.
Lacrimosa. Lacrimosa dies illa.

Tutti Choir

Sirius, Polaris, Canopus, Antares, Betelgeuse, Arcturus, Capella, Spica, Aldebaren, Alpha Centauri, Proxima Centauri, Regulus, Altair, Deneb, Vega, Eta Carinae, Castor, Polux

Tutti choir

In each hand she balances lore and progress, Nature and destruction, nurture and obliteration, freedom and subjugation. One move and both sides shall tumble upon her she knows that and accepts her fate.

A/T. Choir

She surrenders. Behind her a treacherous sea and the promised land, or a barren land. Before her is the bush, an open book in an ancient script to be deciphered.

Tutti Choir

Vega, Regulus, Capella, Altair, Deneb

5.

Tutti Choir

Blindfolded woman, surrenders herself. She says nothing. She is silent, ready to listen, submitting to her fate. She is unable to speak or move. She accepts her situation with repose. Her arms are crossed against her heart. She is vulnerable, out of her own choice. She allows herself to be judged. Behind her is a treacherous sea. There is no going back, no escape, no help. She knows this and will not fight.