6pm doors • 7pm show
FERUS Festival 2019: Angélica Negrón's "Chimera"
with Kayla Cashetta and Meinu
The FERUS festival is an annual showcase of untamed voices. Presenting the latest in cutting–edge new music with an emphasis on performances that push the envelope, the festival invites artists to perform their newest work in music, multimedia, and beyond. A showcase for all that National Sawdust stands for as a venue, FERUS transcends traditional tropes to let audiences Hear It New!
This double-header features two vibrant National Sawdust initiatives. Chimera, a National Sawdust Project-in-Residence, is a shimmering new opera from composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón. Starring Alexis Michelle (a contestant from season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race) alongside Miz Jade, Desmond is Amazing, and members of The Knights ensemble and featuring recorded vocals by glass harp player Cindertalk (Johnny Rodgers) with direction by Jorinde Keesmaat, this work in progress will present a riveting exploration of the complexities of identity and self-presentation. The work will be developed over the course of the coming year, with a full production set for the early months of Season 5.
Chimera will be paired with a performance from Kayla Cashetta, one of the winners of last year’s Hildegard Competition, and her all–female band Mienu. Now its second year, the Hildegard Competition is a testament to National Sawdust’s determination to expand the representation of voices in the new music space, promoting emerging trans, female, and nonbinary composers and nurturing them with mentorship, a professional performance and recording, and considerable financial support. Together, these two performances present a spectacular portrait of National Sawdust’s vision of a flourishing artistic community.
This program is supported, in part, both by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.