The performance of Elegies is a song cycle, or a series of songs by a single composer that are poetically related to form a unified work, which also includes a series of actors who step forward to talk about the life story of individuals who have died of AIDS.
- The piece is influenced by the initial unveiling of the Names Project Quilt, the hand-sewn memorial to people who have died from AIDS. The quilts, which survivors have stitched together from individual memorial “patches,” are sewn together to form larger quilts.
- This performance was the London premiere of the piece.
- Transferred to the Drill Hall after closing at the King’s Head.
George Heslin, Regina Fong
King’s Head; Drill Hall
Performed at the King’s Head from 10 November 1992 to 24 December 1992 and at the Drill Hall from 19 January 1993 to 17 February 1993