Dialogue entre: an experimental trio
Misha Penton, soprano
Brent Fariss, double bass
Meg Brooker, dancer and choreographer
Music devised by B. Fariss & M. Penton
Poetry of Baudelaire & Mallarmé (trans. M. Penton)
Dancestry, Long Center, Austin, Texas
January 15, 2016. 8pm
Capricious moon [peeks] through a window, descends a staircase of clouds, fills the room like phosphorescence, like radiant poison, saying: “You will love what I love and what loves me: water, clouds, silence, and the night; the sea immense and green; the formless and multiform waters; the place where you are not; the lover you do not know; the monstrous flowers; the delirious scents…And you will be loved by my lovers…men who have green eyes, whose throats know my nocturnal caresses; who love the sea, the immense sea, tumultuous and green, waters formless and multiform, the place where they are not, the sinister flowers that resemble censers of an unknown religion, the scents that trouble the will, and the savage and voluptuous animals who are emblems of madness.” — Baudelaire (from "Blessings of the Moon”)
[and] “Now, as we gaze upon...the fragments of an age withered and accursed, some are indifferent (for they have not the strength to understand), but others, broken and resigned with tears, look at each another— while the poets of our times, [our] eyes alight again, make our way toward our lamps, momentarily drunk with confused glory, and haunted by a Rhythm and a forgetting that we exist in an age that has survived Beauty.”– S. Mallarmé (from “A Phenomenon Of The Future”)
La lune… l’eau, les nuages, le silence, et la nuit; la mer immense et
verte; l’eau informe et multiforme…
…haunté du Rhythme et dans l’oubli d’exister a une époque qui survit a la beauté…
Seduction to dive below the waves… Have you ever wanted something so much that you’d pursue it without a thought to saying goodbye to your current life? We have. Join us in an other-worldly environment for a fairytale evening of achingly beautiful, multidisciplinary, new opera-theater.
Selkie, a sea tale is a dreamy love tale inspired by Selkie mythology: the half-human, half-seal beings that shed their skins and become human for a time. Elliot Cooper Cole composed the beautiful, haunting, musical setting of words by opera singer and Divergence Vocal Theater artistic director, Misha Penton. Media and lighting design is by award winning theater artist, Megan M. Reilly from Austin; and theatrical installation design by Houston photographer and fine artist, David A. Brown. Costumes & stylist: Sarah Mosher & Serret Jensen.
Performers: Misha Penton, soprano. Natasha Manley, soprano. Meg Brooker, dancer & choreography. Miranda Herbert & Melissa McEver, actors.
Selkie, a sea tale is part of Opera America's National Opera Week celebration. Performances November 2010.
Video deets: Live performance and video produced & presented by Misha Penton & Divergence Vocal Theater. Documentary film: Dave Nickerson. Editing: Cliff Davis
"Thel" premiered at the New Works Festival at The University of Texas at Austin, original choreography by Meg Brooker in Isadora Duncan dance technique. "Thel" has also been presented at the Terpsichore in Taurus festival at the Ancient Greek site Chersonesos (Crimea). This video includes a talk-back.