This video is documentation of a concert presentation of three songs from the rock opera "Electric Lucifer" at the Prelude Festival.
Performers: Okwui Okpokwasili, Seth Braley, Robert M. Johanson with Philip White on electronics.
Recorded at Elebash Hall at The Graduate Center - CUNY on Oct 6, 2017.
Event page: preludenyc.org/events/electric-lucifer/
ELECTRIC LUCIFER is an electronic rock opera based on electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack’s albums of the same name from 1970 and 1978. This live performance reimagines the songs as a wild religious fantasia about suffering and redemption.
Created by artist and director Jim Findlay, the project has musical arrangements and additional original music by composer Philip White and a stellar group of collaborators including choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, performers Robert M. Johanson (Nature Theater of Oklahoma) and Okwui Okpokwasili (three time Bessie-winner) and video designer Jeff Sugg (Broadway includes Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Sweat, etc).
Electric Lucifer will premiere at The Kitchen in NYC on Jan 9, 2018.
Electric Lucifer is written and directed by Jim Findlay, with music and lyrics by Bruce Haack, musical adaptation and additional original music by Philip White, choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, set and video design by Jeff Sugg and Findlay, lighting design by Masha Tsimring, costume design by Enver Chakartash, sound design by Philip White, and dramaturgy by Ian Belton.
The cast features Okwui Okpokwasili as The Electric Lucifer, Robert M. Johanson as Jesus, Brendan Connelly as the Archangel Gabriel, and Seth Braley, Nikki Colange, Jake Denney, Amy Gernux, and Cyrus Moshrefi as Lucifer’s “Silverheads.” The band includes Connolly, Shayna Dunkelman, Nathan Koci, and Lester St. Louis.
Electric Lucifer is a Creative Capital project. It is funded in part by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, PS122 and the Nancy Quinn Fund. Electric Lucifer was developed in residencies at Mount Tremper Arts, MacDowell Colony, and the Collapsable Hole. Produced by Collapsable Giraffe and Joel Bassin.
The Kitchen's presentation of Jim Findlay: Electric Lucifer is made possible with support from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.