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Resurrection (A Bad Copy) by Crispin Lord – Degree Bachelor/Master

Crispin Lord


The performer is an assistant director. He is tasked with piecing together a revival of Peter Maxwell Davies’ music-theatre work Resurrection (1987), about a boy who explodes and is reassembled. But since he doesn’t know what the original was like, and since no one can tell him, what should be a precise copy transforms into something else. Interpreting instead the compositional and dramaturgical strategies of Max’s original score, he asks: what should a faithful or excellent production look like? Am I in control of the material or is it leading me? And what is the status of my interpretation as opposed to someone else’s?

The music and text will be performed throughout in German sign language by Deaf Performer Mila Valtin.

Born in London and now based in Berlin, Crispin is an artist and researcher working with performance, music and text. His physical practice challenges the assumed fixed relation of the musical score to its composer, director, performer or audience. As a researcher he is interested in the idea of the copy in performance and its relation to invisible labour.

Concept, Design & Performance: Crispin Lord
Sound and Musik: Tom Foskett-Barnes
DGS Performer: Mila Valtin
DGS Interpreter: Xenia Vitriak
Lighting: Rob Prideaux
Mentors: Antje Pfundtner, Jessica Aszodi, Sheena McGrandles
Access Dramaturg: Rita Mazza
Tutoring: Janez Janša
Technical Team: Ernesto Cárcamo Cavzos, Nikola Pieper, Max Stelzl,

With music from Peter Maxwell Davies, John Grant & Sinead O’Connor, Muhal Richard Abrahms, Londonderry Choir, The Alexander Brothers, and Mississippi John Hurt.

Special thanks to The Max Trust and UdK Berlin for providing additional access funding.