The Crumbling is a 21 minute stop-motion animation video opera set in a dream-like mythic town following the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her.

The piece explores the importance of word and symbol in a decaying culture, as well as the marginalization and persecution of people based on heritage, gender, race or belief, and all that is lost in such persecution.

It takes a modern and innovative form, while drawing from ancient texts and esoterica such as the Kabbalah, the Hermetic Philosophy of ancient Egypt, the mystical beliefs of Hildegard von Bingen, Alchemy of the 16th Century, and the mid 19th Century occult beliefs of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor.

The Crumbling has been made possible through the generous support of Pittsburgh's New Hazlett Theater ( and funding provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.


Directed by:
Alexis Gideon (

Written by:
Jacob Rubin ( & Alexis Gideon

Music Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Alexis Gideon

Animation and Cinematography by:
Alexis Gideon

Character and Set Fabrication by:
Cynthia Star & Alexis Gideon

Costume Fabrication by:
Casey Droege ( & Alexis Gideon

Background Sky Conception and Execution by:
Gretchen Neidert ( & Alexis Gideon

Additional Mystic Artwork by:
Celeste Neuhaus (

Lighting Consultant
Andrew David Ostrowski (

Title Design by:
Ezra Claytan Daniels (

Audio mastering by:
Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering (

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