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'A Ritual of Dream and Delusion' is the subtitle of Harry Partch's Delusion of the Fury – and that is exactly what it is. With a bizarre array of self-built instruments the most eccentric of all American composers created a series of soundscapes which blend a Japanese ghost story of a murderer who confronts ghost of his victim with an African comedy involving a goatherd and a deaf tramp. 43 years after its premiere, director Heiner Goebbels has brought the piece to Europe for the first time ever. This has meant that the instruments have had to be rebuilt to spec and that the performers have had to rehearse for months to learn to play them. The result, however, is spectacular: a piece of music theatre that can only be described as 'out of this world'.