A work for quartet with film
- Aleksandra Vrebalov, composer
- Bill Morrison, filmmaker
- David Harrington and Drew Cameron, creative consultants
- Janet Cowperthwaite, producer
- Kronos Performing Arts Association, production management
About Beyond Zero: 1914–1918
"Unlike official histories, that have often romanticized and glorified the war, artists have typically been the keepers of sanity, showing its brutality, destruction, and ugliness. For many, across history, creating art in those circumstances served as a survival mechanism.
While working on Beyond Zero: 1914–1918, I was inspired by anti-war writings, music, and art created during and immediately after World War I, including, for example, the writings of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, the music of Satie and Debussy, and the Dada movement. The piece draws from their disillusionment about heroism and patriotism, summed up in Owen’s line from Dulce et Decorum, that to die for one’s country is the old lie..