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A romantic song cycle about darkness and the soul
Nightsongs composed by Natasha Moszenin opens at La Mama's temporary pop-up theatre at the Victorian Trades Hall for a short season from 16-19 August 2018.
Lara Vocisano and Natasha Moszenin performing 'Nightsongs' photo by Dan A'Vard
This 60-minute performance features sixteen songs about the experience of darkness in all its forms. From dark stories about migration 'From the Shadows' (Lyrics: Leo Taylor) to experiencing anxiety and depression 'Hello Anxiety' and insomnia 'Sleep Waiting' (Lyrics: Antonietta Morbillo), this song cycle exposes how the quiet of 'night' is a place where memories, feelings and emotions can swell, erupt and haunt.
Claire Nicholls, Jai Luke and Lara Vocisano performing 'Nightsongs' at Trades Hall Carlton- photo by Dan A'Vard
The stage is set with three performers (Lara Vocisano, Claire Nicholls and Jai Luke), a keyboard, and accompanist (Natasha Moszenin) without costumes or props. The stripped back design allows the audience to focus on the stories, the characters and the music. Despite some of the dark content about abandonment, violence and abuse, the musical experience for the audience is a soothing and meditative balm. There is also 'light relief' amongst the darkness with comedic songs like 'Detox Queen' (Lyrics: Natasha Moszenin) about the quest for perfection through 'gluten-free', 'paleo' and 'keto' diet regimes.
Nightsongs at Trades Hall Carlton- photo by Dan A'Vard
The score showcases Natasha Moszenin's exceptional composition, songwriting and musicianship, using a range of musical styles for the voice inspired by jazz to classical, romantic, with a touch of cabaret, Bauhaus, leider, and operetta.