This excerpt is approximately 18 min. into the 80 min. work.
Choreography and direction: Wally Cardona
Original music: Phil Kline (based on the writings of Sören Kierkegaard)
Lighting: Roderick Murray
Other music: Darby R. Slick, June Carter and Merle Kilgore, Jack Bruce and Peter Brown
Lyrics and Repetition text: Phil Kline, based on the writings of Sören Kierkegaard
Text and sound edit for He Led a Somewhat Uneventful Life: Wally Cardona (based on Kierkegaard’s life)
Sound design: Dave Cook
Costume consultant: Stephanie Sleeper
Music performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Performers: Julian Barnett, Wally Cardona, Kana Kimura, Joanna Kotze, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Stuart Singer, Francis Stansky and other people
Recorded: November 2009 at BAM’s Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, in front of live audience
In 1898 Joseph Conrad wrote, “I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more – the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to perils, to love, to vain effort – to death…”.
Really Real reflects on youth, love, loss, desire, beauty and power, using simple means to expose the intricate relationships and meanings that exist between people in a complex world. Set to an intimate acoustic sound score by Phil Kline, performed live by the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and three pop songs, Really Real’s design utilizes only a bare stage, people, and lighting by Cardona’s long-time collaborator Roderick Murray.
REALLY REAL premiered at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT, June 19-21, 2009 and in New York as a part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, November 17, 19-21, 2009.