New material from Scott Walker arrives in the form of a score to a dance piece at at the Royal Opera House this month. Walker’s piece soundtracks a re-imagining of Jean Cocteau’s monologue Duet For One, choreographed by Royal Opera House associate artist Aletta Collins.
Walker says: “I must admit to not really being an admirer of Cocteau. I am, however, an admirer of Aletta Collins and her work. So when Aletta asked me to collaborate with the intention of deconstructing the original script for dance, I was grateful for the challenge to help take what is essentially, in my humble opinion, an antiquated piece of misogyny (in this case, woman as willing victim) and try to turn it on its head and use its traces to create something new."
Duet For One is performed alongside La Voix Humane, Poulenc’s opera based on Cocteau’s play from 1932, staged by Tom Cairns. London Royal Opera House, 17–25 June, 7:45pm, £10.20–£24.50.