Corridors of power: Cheating, lying, stealing

Topology and Davidson, Robert (2009) Corridors of power: Cheating, lying, stealing. New Farm, QLD, Australia, Brisbane Powerhouse.

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Author Topology
Davidson, Robert
Title Corridors of power: Cheating, lying, stealing
Place of publication New Farm, QLD, Australia
Publisher Brisbane Powerhouse
Publication date 2009-03-08
Total pages 1 Musical performance
Language eng
Subject 190407 Music Performance
2102 Curatorial and Related Studies
190406 Music Composition
Live Performance of Creative Work - Music
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Politics can inspire more than frustration and annoyance. Performing Big Decisions and The Keating Tangos, Topology shows that politics is also a wellspring for music.

Thirty-six years ago, Gough Whitlam headed the first Labor government in 23 years. Australia’s most dramatic political moment happened only three years later, when the Governor-General dismissed the government. Robert Davidson captures this event in his composition, Big Decisions.

Reminiscent of a mini-opera, Big Decisions stars the recorded voicesof Gough Whitlam, Sir John Kerr and Malcolm Fraser. The effect is that the politicians are heard to sing, with Whitlam waltzing his way through “Well may we say God save the Queen”.

Composer Russell Gilmour uses the tango as inspiration to illustrate the personality and political style of Paul Keating. When Keating became the Former Prime Minister in 1996, Gilmour invited a clutch of composers to write tango portraits to mark the event. The resulting Keating Tangos is a dramatic portrayal of Australia’s self-styled Placido Domingo.

Big Decisions and The Keating Tangos are features of Topology’s performance. The concert also goes beyond Australia’s shores to worldwide politics.

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