Elliot Vaughan performing in Sugar's Waste.

Elliot Vaughan performing in Sugar's Waste.

 

Sugar’s Waste is an experimental, theatrical music performance by Rebecca Bruton.  One hour in duration, it was performed on October 12th and 13th 2016 at Goldcorp Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver, BC, as her major MFA graduating project (Simon Fraser University). The work features songs, experimental choral work, and atmospheric instrumental pieces.  The scores were created by hand, using a combination of traditional, durational, graphic and indeterminate notation.  The piece was performed by a core ensemble of string quintet (which doubled as a vocal chorus); some pieces featured further additions, such as live digital processing, electric guitar, piano and hand-held tape recorders.  The songs and scores were written concurrently with a series of poetic texts that address themes of partition, enclosure and resistance in the historical and imaginary ‘range’ of early post-contact North America.  These themes inspired the staging, set and sound design of the work.

Sugar's Waste was performed by Rebecca Bruton (voice, violin), Tegan Wahlgren (Voice, Violin), Elliot Vaughan (Voice, Viola), Clara Shandler (Voice, Cello), Dave Chokroun (Double Bass), Matthew Ariaratnam (Electric Guitar and Speaker Feedback), Ben Wylie (Piano) and Paul Paroczai (Live Digital Processing).  Tape loops hand-built by Alexandra Spence and Ben Wylie.

MAX/MSP patches created by Paul Paroczai.

Set Design by Robert Leveroos (http://robertleveroos.com)

Lighting Design by Josie Lee and Jake Lindsey.

Choreography by Gordon Havelaar

 
 Transport Truck. photo by Andi Icaza

Transport Truck. photo by Andi Icaza

 Rebecca, Feedback seeking (opening sequence).  Photo by Andi Icaza

Rebecca, Feedback seeking (opening sequence).  Photo by Andi Icaza

 Thickets.  Photo by Andi Icaza

Thickets.  Photo by Andi Icaza

 Paul processes Thickets.  photo by Andi Icaza

Paul processes Thickets.  photo by Andi Icaza

 Nora, listening.  photo by Andi ICaza

Nora, listening.  photo by Andi ICaza

 Matt in the grass.  Photo by Andi Icaza.

Matt in the grass.  Photo by Andi Icaza.

 No Place in the Sun.  photo by Andi Icaza

No Place in the Sun.  photo by Andi Icaza

 The Heard Surrounds.  photo by Andi Icaza.

The Heard Surrounds.  photo by Andi Icaza.

 Ben in The Heard Surrounds.  Photo by Andi Icaza

Ben in The Heard Surrounds.  Photo by Andi Icaza

 Lavender Mound.  photo by Andi Icaza

Lavender Mound.  photo by Andi Icaza

 Matthew Ariaratnam in  Ponies Under Darkness.  photo by Andi Icaza

Matthew Ariaratnam in Ponies Under Darkness.  photo by Andi Icaza

 Tape Cassette Ooh.  Photo by Andi Icaza

Tape Cassette Ooh.  Photo by Andi Icaza

 Rebecca and Dave in  Spring Came Early.   photo by Andi Icaza.

Rebecca and Dave in Spring Came Early.  photo by Andi Icaza.

 Tape Cassette Ooh.  Photo by Andi Icaza

Tape Cassette Ooh.  Photo by Andi Icaza