In 1997, Bartlett collaborated with Artangel on a solo performance work The Seven Sacraments Of Nicolas Poussin, developed the following year into a dramatic oratorio. In 2006, he participated in an event with George Chakravati as part of the latter's Artangel project To the Man in My Dreams.
Since his first novel – Who Was That Man? A Present for Mr. Oscar Wilde (1989) – Neil Bartlett has explored Wilde's works, life, and influence through writing, the staging of Wilde's works for theatre and radio, and In Extremis: A Love Letter (2000), an original play commissioned by National Theatre for the 100th anniversary of Wilde's death.
Nicolas Bloomfield is a composer, performer and founder member of Gloria. For Gloria he has composed the music for A Vision Of Love Revealed In Sleep, Sarrasine, Now That It's Morning, Twelfth Night, A Judgement In Stone (winner of the Time Out Drama Award), and others. He also wrote music for The Little Matchgirl and Then Again for the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, The Robbers for The Gate and It is For My Mouth Forever for QEH. He works with the Bloolips, in cabaret with Gertrude Thoma and Nicholas Mende and regularly at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. He has worked with Liz Ranken, Annie Griffin, Matthew Hawkins, Jonathan Burrows and Nigel Charnockand, has written a String Quartet and numerous songs. His music for The Picture of Dorian Gray is available on Compact Disc.
Bloomfield composed the music for the oratio version of the Seven Sacraments that was performed in 1998.
Image: (below) The score for Seven Sacraments (1998)
Rick Fisher is an award-winning American lighting designer who has been based in the UK for the last 30 years. He is known for his work on West End shows, particularly with Stephen Daldry on Billy Elliot the Musical and An Inspector Calls, as well as productions at the Royal Opera House London, New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera. He is the chairman of the British Association of Lighting Designers.
For the 1997 performanes of The Seven Sacraments of Nicolas Poussin, Fisher projected images of the eponymous Sacraments paintings onto the performance.
Image: (below) Fisher's projections on Bartlett during the performance, 1997
Leah Hausman is a director, choreographer and performer and a founder member of Gloria. She trained at The American Ballet Theatre School, The Martha Graham School for Dance and Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. As a director her productions include Rossini's La Cenerentola (English Touring Opera 1997/8); Berio's A Ronne (ENO Works 1997); the revival of Jonathan Miller's production of La Traviata (Minnesota Opera, ENO, 1997); Four Saints In Three Acts (Trinity College of Music, Spitalfields Festival 1996); Lady Into Fox (Gloria 1996). As a choreographer, her work for theatre includes As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company 1996); An Ideal Husband (Salisbury Playhouse 1995). Her choreographic work for opera includes Aida (Mid Wales Opera 1997); The Marriage of Figaro (English Touring Opera 1997), Ariadne, Jenufa (ENO), and a production of Il turco in Italia at the Royal Opera House, London.
Hausman choreographed the 1998 performances of the Seven Sacraments.
Image: (below) Leah Hausman
Robin Whitmore is a visual artist, who has designed many shows for theatre and continues to make collaborative work with different London communities. He worked first with Neil Bartlett to create the show Dressing Up in 1983, and later A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep (1988).
As part of the first presentation of The Seven Sacraments of Nicolas Poussin at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Whitmore was on stage with Bartlett, live-drawing details from the projected images of Poussin's Sacrament paintings onto a blackboard. He later made a new series of prints from these drawings, which were published in a book accompanying the text used in the performance.
Image: (left) Whitmore live drawing during a 1997 performance