San Francisco

Michael Peppe

San Francisco International Theater Festival

Michael Peppe’s Actmusikspectakle V, Region I, Looped is a one-man, 45-minute opera in 11 languages, which Peppe performed seated at a desk, without props or technology, and which features 40 characters plus poems, prayers, impressions, songs, and hundreds of other “musical atoms.” These components were set afloat in Peppe’s own invented “Behaviormusik,” described by him as “an idiom founded on the concept that all possible behavior is musically composable.” The piece was followed by “Forty-three Characters,” selected from the other three “regions” of Actmusikspectakle V and presented as the dramatic highlights of those works.

As a critic, Peppe has posited that performance has become identified with boredom and that performers don’t seem to realize that art is a job which requires talent and training. In a speech to the audience before the piece began, Peppe discussed his process, stressing

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