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Star-Shaped Biscuit

Participants: David Toop, Elaine Mitchener, Jamie McDermott, Lore Lixenberg

Series: Faster Than Sound, Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, Residencies

Ideas explored: developing new work

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.