A new music video from Misha Penton.
Misha Penton: Director, Editor, Sound Editing & Mix, Sound Score, Concept & Text.
Todd Hulslander: Sound Recording, Final Sound Mix & Mastering.
Raul Casares: Director of Photography.
Dave Nickerson: Second Camera.
Misha Penton: Soprano & Voices
with original contributions by:
Sherry Cheng, Neil Ellis Orts, Michael Walsh: Voices
George Heathco: Guitars
Luke Hubley: Percussion
Misha Penton Productions
Threshold began as a site-specific new music performance work for the enormous, labyrinthine and magnificent Silos at Sawyer Yards in April 2017. The performance was a mythopoetic underworld journey— an offering which speaks to the chaotic upheaval we are all feeling in our world: what kind of world will we choose to create together?
The experimental music film is a version of the live Threshold performance event. Both the live performance and the music film are loosely inspired by, and an abstract interpretation of, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter (c. seventh century BCE) which tells a mother-daughter passion play of abduction, loss, and renewal. Ceremonial rites enacting the myth were held at Eleusis in Greece for a thousand years before the rise of Christianity, and artists, then and now, freely interpret the story. We have very few details about the original events, but they were thought to be transformational for participants, honoring the cycle of life and offering a philosophy based in meaning and hope.
Filmed at The Silos at Sawyer Yards and Winter Street Studios
Houston, Texas. Special thanks to Jon Deal, David Deal, and Houston Public Media