Sharon Lockhart

Teatro Amazonas (1999)

In Teatro Amazonas (1999), an audience seated in the neoclassical opera house of the same name in ManausBrazil, looks back at the camera and the viewer throughout the duration of the film. Photographed from a stationary camera positioned on the stage at the front of the theater, one unedited take shows the audience listening to a live performance by the Choral do Amazonas choir. The musical score, an original choral composition written by Californian composer Becky Allen, begins with a solid chordal mass which gradually becomes silent over twenty-four minutes. As the sound of the choir diminishes, the audience sound rises.