MISS

MISS is a pop opera for three performers that I composed and directed. The performers represent three historical references. Although the three references are not directly historically related, they are born from a similar circumstance – one in which creativity is used as a method of dealing with restriction and limitation. The first is ‘The First Flower’, referencing the evolution of plants into flowering plants and the related change to their sexual reproduction processes. The second is Cicciolina, a public figure from the ‘80s whose career evolved from porn star to pop musician to politician and member of the Italian parliament. The third reference is ‘Miss Kosovo’, a fictional figure inspired by Kosovo’s endeavours to be recognised as an independent state. Focusing on creativity when limited, MISS explores the commodification of nature and power relations in connection to war and gender identity issues.