Target: Sylvia Milo, writer and performer of The Other Mozart
Goal: Support writer and performer for her representation of the brilliant lost sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Other Mozart, written and performed by Sylvia Milo, is the heartbreaking tale of illustrious composer Amadeus Mozart’s mysterious and forgotten older sister–a child so gifted and unique that she not only contended with her genius older brother but originally received billing over him in their formative years.
She was a child prodigy, virtuoso, and composer, and yet her music and letters are largely lost to time and history because her short career was severed prematurely to make her marriageable material. As she grew into a woman, it was no longer considered proper to expose her to the poor conditions associated with being a traveling musician in the eighteenth century. She languished, alone with her extraordinary genius, at home doing housework and playing harpsichord for herself.
In The Other Mozart, Sylvia Milo, directed by Isaac Byrne, lovingly shapes the fragments of Nannerl Mozart’s stifled life into a beautiful vignette, silhouetted by the skeletal form of the constricting corsets and suffocating layers of fabric that were the fashion of the time. She performs the piece entirely on and within a stunning and opulent dress (eighteen feet in diameter), hiding and discovering mini teacups, feathers, music boxes and perfumed powder among the folds.
It is so rare to hear the stories of historical women. Their letters and histories are lost or left unpreserved because they are deemed unimportant or frivolous. Sylvia Milo worked and researched tirelessly in order to piece together the shattered history of such an important and talented woman, and she proceeds to bring Nannerl Mozart to life onstage hundreds of years after her story had been lost.
Please sign this petition to support Sylvia Milo, director Isaac Byrne, composers Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen, and the production staff in their phenomenal work to uncover the life of such an important historical figure, forgotten by time because of her gender.
Dear Sylvia Milo and The Other Mozart production staff,
I would like to show my utmost support for the work that you do and have done in bringing Nannerl Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant sister, to life onstage. The stories of historical women are so difficult to uncover and so important to explore, because they broaden our perspective on the women who have shaped our modern world.
Although history has been written by men and about men, it does not have to continue to be that way. This performance is taking us in the right direction, in a truly beautiful and fascinating way.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Daniel Murtagh and Peter Griesser via DIVA Arts Collective