Tongue of wood (2013)




Tongue of Wood was commissioned by pianist Marina Kantor and produced in collaboration with director Monika Cernoskova. It was premiered at the 2013 Skrz na Skrz Festival in Prague.

In Tongue of Wood we  deconstruct the conventions of classical performance in order to explore the intimately complex relationship between the pianist, her instrument, and her repertoire. Marina's character emerges as sentimental and lamentable, and at other times playful and even frightening.  

There was a man with tongue of wood
Who essayed to sing,
And in truth it was lamentable.
But there was one who heard
The clip-clapper of his tongue of wood
And knew what the man wished to sing,
And with that the singer was content.
         -Stephen Crane (1899)



Skrz na Skrz Festival, Sal Galerie, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, 1 June 2013.

Marina Kantor, piano; Sivan Eldar, electronics.