The live work you are about to watch moves paradoxically between language and utterances that are appropriated, excerpted, and at times, original. It highlights people laboring together to make form, the absurd impossibility of late capitalism, aural beauty, dark comedy and hopefully offers a momentary ground upon which to consider a number of concerns as they’re pushed through bodies, images and objects.
What forms produce sound and light to create staging and meaning? Can voice convey meaning, subjective agency, and musicality all at the same time? This set and these objects are an exploration of internal and external spaces. Body/landscape, exploration/exploitation, absurd/rational, fiction/reality, epic/mundane, progress/prehistory; we begin with a mountain and end in a cave.
Hear, Here, experimental opera at the New Museum on June 13-14, 2014, Writer/Director: Jeanine Oleson; Composers: Rainy Orteca and Kelly Pratt (aurihorn solos); Performers: Beth Griffith, David Gould, Lisa Reynolds, Sister, Diwa Tamrong, Tony Torn and nyx zierhut; Musicians: Rainy Orteca, Kelly Pratt and John Michael Swartz; Costumes: Kim Charles Kay; Lighting Design: Derek Wright. Camera: Maricruz Alarcón; Mina Pekovic; Paul Yee. Editor: Anita Chao. Audio recording/mixing: Rainy Orteca.
Watch full piece here: vimeo.com/114397128