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Screening and Conversation at the Williams & Princeton Clubs
May 3, 2017:
The Williams and Princeton Clubs of New York City will be co-hosting a program about our creative process. Judd and Josh will screen excerpts from our work-in-progress performance last spring at the '62 Center in Williamstown, followed by a conversation moderated by Andy Hamingson, President of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. A limited number of tickets are available here for folks who are not members. Members of either club can register for free here.
Excerpt Performance at the River To River Festival
June 15, 17 and 18 @ 7pm
A 25 minute excerpt of A Marvelous Order will be presented live in concert, in a site-specific adapation, as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual boundary-pushing arts festival. Five vocalists and NOW Ensemble, the opera's "house orchestra", will perform the excerpt in the new Fulton Center transit hub on Broadway and Fulton. The role of Robert Moses will be sung by Dashon Burton, from the GRAMMY-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Additionally, the video advertising screens throughout the space will be "taken over" by animation that appears in the staged version of the opera. Info about the festival can be found here.
"Pre-Premiere" at Williams College
A major work-in-progress production of A Marvelous Order was presented to a sold-out audience at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, as part of the Center Series, curated by Rachel Chanoff. Ten out of the eventual twelve scenes were presented, semi- to fully-staged, with animation. The role of Jane Jacobs was performed by Megan Schubert and the role of Robert Moses was performed by Dashon Burton.
Performance at New Amsterdam/New Works Benefit Gala
Original composition, libretto, concept art and animation from the opera were presented at National Sawdust.
Funds raised at this gala will go towards the opera's production and the mission of New Amsterdam Presents, an organization supporting the public's engagement with new music and the composers and performers who create it - and one of our co-producers. We are honored and grateful for all of the support from everyone who came out to our dinner, performance presentation, and after party. Thank you from our creative team!
The Ballet of the Street at the Municipal Arts Society Summit
Music and animation for The Ballet of the Street were presented in a concert format as the closing "act" of the MAS Summit at the NY Times Center. This scene opens the opera and describes Greenwich Village as seen through Jacobs' eyes - the neighborhood that she sets out to defend as the opera's battles unfold. We are proud to present this work with MAS, an organization that continues to be one of the great champions of the story of Jane Jacobs and thoughtful approach to urban planning.
Mannahatta at the BAM Next Wave Festival
The first musical and visual studies for this opera were previewed with orchestra and choir at the BAM Harvey theater as part of a program titled 21c Liederabend, op.3 this November. These studies work with Walt Whitman's poem Mannahatta. Details are here.
Plan Of The City with NOW Ensemble in the Winter Garden
The short film Plan Of The City - the seed that is growing into this opera - was presented with its music performed live by NOW Ensemble in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place on November 19, as part of a larger program of music. More details are here.
Sundance New Frontier Story Lab
We are honored to have been invited to participate in the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab, an intensive residency for "artists innovating at the convergence of film, art, media, live performance, music and technology." At the Lab at Sundance we worked intensively on the narrative structure of this opera. More info is here.
Screening and Conversation at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
We discussed the process of expressing this story as an opera, and the translation of the ideas that run through it into music, text, visuals and stage movement, in a conversation lead by urbanist and author Karrie Jacobs. We also screened Plan Of The City as well as some of our first visual studies for the opera.