‘Living on Hope for a Long Time’ is a forty-five minute blindfolded audio walk Crystal Z Campbell developed as artist-in-residence at the Volcano Extravaganza (Stromboli, Italy).
The performance is adapted from the 1978 Jonestown Tragedy where nearly 1000 Americans committed murder/suicide. Jonestown was a failed multicultural utopia of U.S. citizens who relocated to Guyana in the late 1970’s. Cult leader Jim Jones’ final plea to commit mass ‘revolutionary suicide’ was recorded on the notorious ‘Death Tape’.
In ‘Living on Hope for a Long Time’, Crystal Z Campbell worked with classically trained soprano vocalist Jennifer Connor to transform Jones’ text from the ‘Death Tape’ into a sonic tapestry of opera riffs, spoken word and musical theater.