Kenneth Doran (1966-2012) was a Canadian multi-media artist whose art installations, videos and digital operas have been presented in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Canada and the U.S.A. His first digital musical work, “Allegro Molto Con Brio King Kong” (1999), focused on pop-culture connections to the Greek myth of Prometheus and incorporated a string quintet, three dancers, and video monitors. It was performed live to sold-out audiences. In the summer of 2000, the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art presented Doran's second digital opera, "Your High Imperial," for video-projected singers, brass quintet, two violins, and digitally manipulated sound. “Rule Britannia -- A Low Opera in Grand Shite Style,” which incorporated two pianos and two video monitors, investigated the political power path from domination to decline and premiered in Calgary (September 2002).
His most recent opuses (2005) restructure musical expectations: “Immortal Misbegotten” is a reworking of Ludwig van Beethoven's famous six Op. 18 String Quartets condensed into one piece, and “Pathetic Piano” breaks down Beethoven's Op. 13, Pathétique Sonata into ten new audience-interactive videos. In summer 2006 he composed the music “Imperial Wild” for the Motion Ensemble, for Sackville N.B.’s contemporary arts festival, as well as a new score for Michael Trent and Mocean Dance’s “Mappa Mundi” production in Halifax.
2009, 06:10 minutes, colour, English
2008, 05:20 minutes, colour, English
2007, 04:32 minutes, colour, English
2006, 01:14 minutes, colour, English
2002, 05:44 minutes, colour, English
2000, 17:00 minutes, colour, English
2000, 10:00 minutes, colour
1997, 07:00 minutes, colour, English
1995, 14:00 minutes, colour, English
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by . Canadian Theatre Review, 2000, no. 101.
by . The Calgary Straight, Feb. 4, 1999.
by . Hand Held Media, Sept. 1999.