Theppa of Crinis is a musical drama for solo violin with narration, which tells the story of a Bronze Age princess and warrior of an island nation who was banished from her homeland due to a tragedy. Under a different name and in disguise, she began what was to be a 20-year adventure. The story is my own.
The idea of storytelling during a pandemic is partially inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron, which sees a group of people engaged in storytelling while sheltering from the plague in a villa. My idea is to tell a story that takes us far away from the apartments and houses where we dwell in isolation due to the pandemic and immerse ourselves in a time and space foreign to our own, for escape from current stress, but also for perspective—to see life not from our little pigeonholes but from a broader vista of human history.
It has been my great pleasure to work with Taiwanese-Canadian violinist, Wan-Ting Yang for this project.