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$20,000 to support Sucktion (MAP 2007), a theatrical song cycle created by composer Anne LeBaron, that follows a woman's cyber-erotic transformation from abject housewife into a self-sufficient cyborg via the subversive use of a vacuum cleaner.

About the Project

Sucktion, a theatrical song cycle with music by Anne LeBaron and words by Douglas Kearney, follows a woman’s cyber-erotic transformation from abject housewife into a self-sufficient cyborg via the subversive use of a vacuum cleaner. Written for the group soNu, the cycle requires a solo female vocalist supported by percussion, laptop and a ‘musical’ vacuum cleaner outfitted with sensors. Live processing and pre-recorded material will create the sonic environment and the two unseen male characters. The six poems—“Soap Aria,” Sucktion Remix,” “Anniversorry,” “Cleaning House,” “Rabbitroombabot’rumba,” and “Cyborgasm,” culminate in a new language—a creole of human and vacuum cleaner. A radical reinvention of the woman’s persona is thus facilitated, leading to a striking transformation of her identity.

The members of soNu, a bi-continental electro-acoustic ensemble committed to performing new music with electronic and improvisatory elements, are Nina Eidsheim, vocalist, Gustavo Aguilar, percussionist, and Philip Curtis, laptop player. The sensors to be embedded in the vacuum cleaner will be built by Philip Curtis during a residency at STEIM in the fall of 2007. Sucktion will be presented in workshop format in the summer of 2008 at venues in Los Angeles in New York, leading to a full production for which a tour is currently being planned.

Related Websites

American Composers Forum of Los Angeles

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Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney
Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney

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