This clip is an excerpt from the premiere of The Ticket That Exploded: an Ongoing Opera that took place at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY on October 29, 2011.


The Ticket That Exploded: an Ongoing Opera is an experimental opera written by composer James Ilgenfritz and staged (entirely with video) by Jason Ponce. The opera is based on the William S. Burroughs novel The Ticket That Exploded, and employs many of the literary techniques Burroughs used in his original texts. We made specific use of his cut-up technique in this project; James' music is partially composed and partially improvised, and my visual design uses a combination of found footage and live processing, created with custom software that allows a high degree of flexibility while performing. True to Burroughs' cut-up style, this semi-composed approach allows for unscripted juxtaposition of sonic and visual materials, and the spontaneous creation and destruction of meaning. The opera is therefore 'ongoing', since no two performances can ever be the same.

As a quick disclaimer: the original performance of this opera was over 90 minutes long, so this footage is obviously highly edited. This clip was created to highlight the visual aspects of the project, and no disrespect is meant to James or any of the other fantastic musicians involved in this project whose work I just sliced and diced...


Jason Ponce: live video

Anne Rhodes, Megan Schubert, Ted Hearne, Nick Hallett: Voices
Steve Dalachinsky, Ryan Opperman, Melissa Hughes: Video voices

Nick DeMaison – conductor

Denman Maroney / Julianne Carney / Nathan Bontrager – strings
Ty Citerman / Taylor Levine – guitars
Douglas Detrich / Josh Sinton / Jay Rozen – winds
Vinnie Sperazza / John O’Brien / Andrew Drury – percussion

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