Lamentation is a contemporary-classical cantata presented by actor counter-tenor Glenn McKenzie. Created for Refugee Week 2019, this meditation on loss and grief features three 'Lessons of Darkness' from the ancient book of 'Lamentations' based on a celebrated setting by Baroque composer Francois Couperin. The voices of Shakespeare, Bonhoeffer, and Annie Lennox frame his music to connect us throughout time and across culture with all those who have suffered the devastation of displacement and homelessness. Half proceeds will go to refugee organisations.
Lamentation explores a fusion of classical and popular music to explore an emotional landscape that reminds us of the universality of the human experience; an experience that transcends all attempts to separate and divide us. Couperin wrote 'Leçons de Tenebres' for Easter 1714, and in this performance the principle arias are recomposed to feature contemporary 'cello counter-melodies. The three Lessons are placed within poetic and political texts, including Shakespeare's stirring, if little known, contribution to 'The Book of Sir Thomas More' condemning racist prejudice against refugees. The work concludes with Annie Lennox's stirring anthem for the 2018 film "A Private War".
Glenn McKenzie is a disabled Kiwi actor, musician, and writer based in Sydney who has spent the past 35+ years performing on concert platform and in theatre throughout England, NZ, and Australia. An accomplished Counter-Tenor, he currently tours internationally his acclaimed chamber theatre work 'Evensong' - the fictional biography of Shakespeare's lover and muse, Mr W.H.
"McKenzie is a consummate performer, both as a musician and an actor" Theatreview NZ
"A dignified, elegant, and thoroughly authentic performance by a distinctly accomplished artist" Melbourne Notes
Duration 75 minutesPassed
St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Wheelchair access available