Teddy Death is a 50-minute songbook for soprano and chamber ensemble by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon with texts by Deidre Huckabay
Teddy Death is a 50-minute songbook for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, guitar, piano, and percussion. It is also a mourning ritual and a road trip. Over the course of two weeks, Huckabay drives west from Chicago through the U.S. countryside with her favorite childhood plush teddy as her sole companion. (A polar bear with a curved back, she named it Scoliosis when she was twelve.) Each day, she undertakes a ritual practice of disassembling the bear, observing and cataloguing its every fiber, literally sorting through the object for the stuff of attachment. At midday and at dusk, she writes to grieve its disintegrating body. All the while, she stages photographs of Scoliosis that echo sentimental family portraiture. Ultimately, Huckabay produces a chapbook of text and photographs to stand alongside Zohn- Muldoon’s music.
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