Star-Shaped Biscuit

Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk, 15 September 2012

 

Text and music by David Toop 

 

Cast: Lore Lixenberg, Elaine Mitchener, Jamie McDermott

Musicians: Simon Allen, Martin Allen, Hélène Breschand, Sylvia Hallett, Jan Hendrickse

 

A woman, Dora, retreats to a northern island to await the final deluge. Perhaps she is the last human to survive environmental  apocalypse, though ghosts keep her company. Among Dora’s few possessions is a star-shaped biscuit encased in a silver casket… Star-shaped Biscuit is inspired by the writings of the French dandy and author extraordinaire Raymond Roussel, whose star-shaped biscuit was acquired in a Paris flea market by Dora Maar, muse to Picasso.

 

With text and music by the experimental composer, musician and writer David Toop, the performers include some of the finest improvising musicians and is performed in one of Snape Maltings derelict buildings.