Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Gilles Furtwängler & Anne Rochat_SAY YES OR DIE!_Winter Projects_London

Say Yes or Die is a performative opera created by Anne Rochat and Gilles Furtwängler in January 2011 and shown at the Winter Project space in Elephant & Castle as a UK première. This project revisits the codes of classical opera, respecting the essential structure such as division into three acts. The text was recited, not sung, on basic rhythms in search of simplicity, tension and uncertainty semantics. This performative opera incorporates the rule of the three units of a tragedy: time, place and action. Each scene is built in an anachronistic temporality, in situ, in which both performers confront themselves in the movement and in the text. Say Yes or Die's frame is a love tragedy; between threats and devotion, possession and tenderness, charm and authority, an impression of love and a relationship unfolds.