Directory of Portrayals

Music & Score

Scene List




Rendering What Remains is an opera formatted as a series of performances, an exhibition, films and a book called Directory of Portrayals. The work draws its structure from libretto, written by Motalebi, based on an ongoing text-based exchange between the artist and her sister in Iran—to whom she bears striking resemblance, but cannot meet in person. Registering the complicated dynamics of identity, intimacy and translation that underpin not only this dialogue but the production of the opera itself, this work reflects more broadly on the indeterminte contours of performance, subjectivity and digital relationality.

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Previous support has been generously provided by the Boghossian Foundation, the Watermill Center & the Spoken Glass Production Fund.