Jeanne of the Dark
Jeanne of the Dark is an exploration of the image of the vamp. Rather than tell a story, composer Marko Ciciliani has created an unconventional artwork that derives it's imagery and it's sound world from a range of reference points transgressing stylistic and cultural boundaries, from vampire movies to eroticism, from heavy metal to cannibalism. The stereotype of the vamp is teased out and re-contextualized, and a consuming process of attraction and repulsion is set in motion for the listener. The work is structured in four large panels. The first three, exploring respectively vampirism, eroticism and cannibalism, has each it's own particular style. These three parts are then ingeniously superimposed to create the final panel, the most dense part of the work, which both manifests and unpicks the multiple threads of the vamp's complex, even contradictory nature.