Hailed as the “high priestess of vocal apocalypse,” legendary avant-garde musician Diamanda Galás presents the U.S. Premiere of her collaboration with video artist Davide Pepe, Schrei 27. The film is based on a work Galás first developed for radio and turned into a quadraphonic performance, Schrei X—a sequence of Beckettian monologues alternately sung, shrieked, whispered, or cried—that Galás gave in complete darkness at Performance Space 122 in 1996. Schrei 27 confronts the audience with an unrelenting visual and sonic portrait of a body enduring torture in the physical confinements of a mental health facility. To Galás, whose work often evokes the suffering of the powerless, “the object of this kind of torture is complete demoralization—and the erasure of all that the captive has ever known—including the fact that he was ever a human being.”
Schrei 27 was made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.