Fluxus: Ragnar KJARTANSSON Bliss

It’s the final moments of "The Marriage of Figaro" performed live in a twelve-hour loop – a Fluxus-informed feat of endurance performed at REDCAT.

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  • MOZART : Excerpt from The Marriage of Figaro


  • Ragnar Kjartansson director, Antonio
  • Christopher Rountree conductor
  • wild Up
  • Kristján Jóhannsson Count Almaviva
  • Laurel Irene Rosina/Countess Almaviva
  • Maria Elena Altany Susanna
  • Cedric Berry Figaro
  • James Onstad Don Basilio
  • Reid Bruton Don Bartolo
  • Justine Aronson Barbarina
  • Lauren Davis Cherubino
  • Suzanna Guzmán Marcellina
  • Emma Kingsbury costume design
  • Christoph Fischer scenic design
  • Camilla Hägebarth scenic design
  • Julia Krawczynski scenic design
  • Anda Skrejane scenic design
  • Erica Fromdah costume assistant

About This Performance

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most rapturous pieces of music ever composed, the kind of work that’s so moving, you want to listen to over and over again. And that’s precisely what happens in Ragnar Kjartansson’s Bliss – for twelve hours. Through extreme repetition, an excerpt from Mozart’s original composition moves from elegant to ironic to ecstatic, finally returning to its original delicacy and joy but freighted with the emotional and physical toll of the experience.

The West Coast premiere will be a fully staged production, accompanied by experimental classical ensemble wild Up, under the direction of Christopher Rountree.

Location: REDCAT

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In partnership with the Getty Research Institute
Originally a Performa Commission for Performa 11

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