Songs and Dances of Desire:


In Memoriam Carmen Rupe




year: 2012    instrumentation: solo guitar, mezzo-soprano and counter-tenor, and orchestra   

Songs and Dances of Desire is a tribute to the life and personality of Carmen Rupe, Maori transvestite, high-club owner, exotic dancer, drag queen, Wellington mayoral candidate, etc., and also reworks musical snippets from Bizet’s opera, Carmen.

Hear Gareth Watkins' radio documentary about this work, winner of the Best Music Feature award at the 2014 New Zealand Radio Awards, below:



Jack discusses the work on Radio New Zealand Concert's Upbeat show, below:



Jack discusses the work in the Auckland Town Hall with Alex Ellis, below:



See also Carmen Dances – an earlier, non-theatrical, incarnation of this work.


click here for Songs and Dances of Desire: In Memoriam Carmen Rupe at SOUNZ