Vidas Perfectas @ The 2014 Whitney Biennial

Vidas Perfectas - El Patio De Atras (The Backyard)

Filmed before a live television audience at the Whitney Museum, NYC
April 19, 2014 at 4:30pm EST.

Composed by
Robert Ashley

Directed by
Alex Waterman

Starring
Ned Sublette as Raoul de Noget

Co-Starring
Elio Villafranca as Buddy, “The World’s Greatest Piano Player”

Featuring
Elisa Santiago as Isolde, Gwyn, and Ida
Raul De Nieves as Will, Ed, and The Captain of the Football Team

Music Produced by
Peter Gordon

Original Keyboard Melodies and Harmonies
“Blue” Gene Tyranny

Translation
Javier Sainz de Robles

Adapted by
Elisa Santiago
Ned Sublette

Production Design
Sean Daly

Backdrops
Sarah Crowner

Lighting Design
David Moodey

Costumes
Elisa Santiago

Live Video Composition
Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan (E.S.P. TV)

Director of Photography
Peter Szollosi

Sound Engineer
Adam Bach

Stage Manager
Annie Arthur

Vocal Coach
Nick Hallett

Camera Operators
Matt Bonner
Jeffrey W. Hagerman
Victoria Sendra

Stage Hands
Teresa Eggers
Natalie Galpern

Costume Assistance
Arthur Arbit (Tailor)
Bunny Lampert
Twan Meijerink

Make-Up
Maya Hardinge

Co-Produced by
Alexandra Rosenberg
Ballroom Marfa
El Paso Opera

In Association with
ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann

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About Vidas Perfectas

Vidas Perfectas is a Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley's groundbreaking “television opera” Perfect Lives (1983). With Ashley's blessing, Alex Waterman directs this all-new production, from a Spanish translation by Javier Sainz de Robles.

In the Vidas Perfectas lounge we discover a place where Spanish and English are mutually understood through the transformative and magical act of singing. Originally set in “The Corn Belt” of the Midwest, Vidas Perfectas transports us to the deserts and ranches of the Southwest⎯a vision of (an)other America.

These performances of the work’s seven episodes mark the beginning of the filming and recording of the complete opera in full theatrical staging. All episodes will be filmed in front of a live audience. Footage shot on-location in Marfa, Texas, in February 2014 will be mixed with live camera feeds as part of the live television experience. Between the performances, Alex Waterman and E.S.P. TV will use the room as a workspace to rehearse, edit, and prepare footage for live television.

Perfect Lives was originally commissioned for television by The Kitchen, New York, in 1979 and was completed in 1983, co-produced by The Kitchen and Channel Four in Great Britain. It was aired on Channel Four in 1983 and 1984, and subsequently on German, Austrian, and Spanish television. Parts of the seven-episode series have been seen on American cable channels and in Japan and Australia. Perfect Lives’ innovative combination of chanting, storytelling, meditation, and ecstatic revelation, challenges the ways in which we perceive the relationship between language and music. It has almost single-handedly changed the way we think about opera, television, and performance.

All seven episodes will be compiled and edited for television in Fall 2014.

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For booking and all other inquiries, contact:

Alexandra Rosenberg, Producer
RosieManagement@gmail.com
+1 (917) 692-8218

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Vidas Perfectas @ The 2014 Whitney Biennial

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Vidas Perfectas was presented as part of the program of performances by Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman at the 2014 Whitney Biennial in NYC, April 17-20, 2014.

Vidas Perfectas is an all-new Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley's ground-breaking…


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Vidas Perfectas was presented as part of the program of performances by Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman at the 2014 Whitney Biennial in NYC, April 17-20, 2014.

Vidas Perfectas is an all-new Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley's ground-breaking “television opera” Perfect Lives (1983). With Ashley's blessing, Alex Waterman directs this all-new production, from a Spanish translation by Javier Sainz de Robles.

In the Vidas Perfectas lounge we discover a place where Spanish and English are mutually understood through the transformative and magical act of singing. Originally set in “The Corn Belt” of the midwest, Vidas Perfectas transports us to the deserts and ranches of the southwest– a vision of (an)other America.

The performances of all seven episodes at the 2014 Whitney Biennial marks the beginning of the filming and recording of the complete opera in full theatrical staging. All episodes will be filmed in front of a live audience. Footage shot on-location in Marfa, Texas in February 2014 will be mixed with live camera feeds as part of the live television experience. Between the performances, Alex Waterman and E.S.P. TV will use the room as their workspace to rehearse, edit, and prepare footage for live television.

Perfect Lives was originally commissioned for television by The Kitchen (NYC) in 1979 and was completed in 1983, co-produced by The Kitchen and Channel Four in Great Britain. It was aired on Channel Four in 1983 and 1984, and subsequently on German, Austrian and Spanish television. Parts of the seven-episode series have been seen on American cable channels and in Japan and Australia. Perfect Lives’ innovative combination of chanting, storytelling, meditation and ecstatic revelation, challenges the ways in which we perceive the relationship between language and music. It has almost single-handedly changed the way we think about opera, television, and performance.

All seven episodes will be compiled and edited for television in 2014-15, and released as a limited edition set.

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