Kimisis is a short 15 minute installation/performance piece by the composer Constantine Koukias, based on Byzantine chants and Orthodox religious rites. It is held in the Verge Gallery at the University of Sydney with candle carrying audience in special seating reminiscent of seats lining the walls of a Orthodox Church (in an Ikea flatpack kind of way). The performance is for soprano (Irene Sarrinikolaou) as the Holy Virgin, for trombone (Iain Faragher) doubling dramatically as ceremonial priest and the Archangel Gabriel, and for various recorded sounds and musical effects.
I am a little confused as to whether it is an Assumption of Mary into Heaven or an Annunciation (getting pregnant while staying a virgin), but the oppositions of virgin vs religious/sexual ecstasy/impregnation, bed vs tomb, death vs eternal life, earth vs heaven are all hinted at in a Byzantine chant kind of way, kindling a sense of mystery in the way only contradictions can.
It is an interesting performance and works well.