This performance provides a rare, behind the scenes look at early stages of groundbreaking artistic productions from world-renowned artists. Sophia Brous and Yuka Honda, two National Sawdust Artists-in-Residence, refresh operatic traditions by presenting two large-scale works for the stage in the early stages of their development. Audiences will have a unique opportunity to witness a “first look” at these projects with ambitions to be presented in front of a global audience, and meet and ask questions of the brilliant creators behind those projects. This showcase will feature opera as you have never seen it before, completely reimagined for the modern audience.
National Sawdust co-founder, Artistic Director, and composer Paola Prestini will lead the Q&A session after each performance. Multicultural new-music ensemble Khemia will open the evening with a presentation of their completed multimedia project, Fragility.
Gorgon (/ˈɡɔːrɡən/; plural: Gorgons)
from the ancient Greek gorgós, meaning “dreadful”, and the Sanskrit “garğ” (Sanskrit: गर्जन, garjana), defined as a guttural sound, similar to the growling of a beast.
“the Gorgon was made out of the terror, not the terror out of the Gorgon.” — Jane Ellen Harrison
Cross-disciplinary Australian/New York-based performer, vocalist and musician Sophia Brous presents GORGON, a new contemporary performance work exploring the ancient archetypes of the female monster.
This short work-in-progress excerpt explores the tales of the Greek myths’ most venerated and vilified heroines. From Medusa to Pandora, Scylla, the Amazons, Sphynx and Euryale, GORGON looks at the ancient myths that have become contemporary memes – images, language and symbols imprinted in our unconscious relationship to female leaders across art, culture, politics and everyday life.
For this First Look, Brous will show an excerpt of workshopped material with a cast of collaborators including multi-disciplinary musician/dancer/choreographer Sarah Kinlaw, cellist Leila Bordreiul (Issue Project Room resident artist) and celebrated vocalist and jazz composer Sara Serpa, with future Gorgon cast collaborators including Helga Davis, Zeena Parkins and Susie Ibarra.
About No Revenge Necessary
Yuka C. Honda presents an intimate window into the very first stage of development in her original opera: NO REVENGE NECESSARY. The multimedia work incorporates film, theater, dance, and ‘live’ electro-acoustic music, highly ambitious in scope and novel in both conception and execution. You see the tale of future Earth, of humans surviving in a surprising state of compromise with a unique hope. The mostly Japanese cast is an illustrious lineup, featuring Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Kahimi Karie, tap dancer and Bessy winner Kazu Kumagai, Yuka’s frequent collaborator bassist Devin Hoff, as well as Jaiko Suzuki, Rebecca Wright, and Akio Mokuno.
The Khemia ensemble presents Fragility, a continuous sound, video, and light installation seeking to examine the nature of human relationships. This workshop features music by Marcos Balter, Pierre Jalbert, Khemia composers-in-residence Carolina Heredia and Bret Bohman, and original video by Khemia artist-in-residence Natali Herrera Pacheo. This work represents the evolution of collaboration between the performers, composers, and artist-in-residence of Khemia over its 2017-2018 season and is in its final stage of presentation.