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The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera / Rainbird
November 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $20
Experiments in Opera, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), and M.o.M., Inc. celebrate the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros with the premiere of her opera collaboration with writer / director IONE. Encompassing the Nubian Diaspora and the life of Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, the opera uses live performance, electronics and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and Colonial Mind. EiO will also present selections from Rainbird, a work-in-development between EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel and director Mallory Catlett, based on the work of author Janet Frame.
Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven company focused on re-writing the story of opera. EiO invites composers, directors, designers and performers to create new work that embraces unconventional mediums, a range of production scales, and explores collaboration between all types of artists working to share their visions. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. M.o.M., Inc. (The Ministry of Maåt) is an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the a harmonious and balanced world community.
IONE is an author / playwright / director and an improvising text-sound artist. She has taught and performed throughout the world with her partner and spouse of 30 years, Pauline Oliveros. IONE was Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute for 15 years and currently works as a Deep Listening Certification Instructor at the Center for Deep Listening in Troy, NY. As Founding Director of M.o.M., Inc. (The Ministry of Maåt), IONE encourages and supports women’s well-being and sustains a vibrant international community of writers, visual artists, and musicians.
Michael Weyandt – Bass-Baritone (Lord Kitchener)
Lisa E. Harris – Soprano (Orkney Woman, Zar Woman, Sybille and Cheiro, Lord C, Dunne: “The Oracle”)
Peter Tantsits – Tenor (Colonel Oswald & Cheiro, Lord C, Dunne: “The Oracle”)
Alice Teyssier – Soprano (Hermione and Cheiro, Lord C, Dunne: “The Oracle”)
Zizo – Baritone and Oud, Flute, Duff (The Nubian Boatman)
IONE – Text and Vocals (The Interviewer)
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE):
Nicholas DeMaison – Music Director
IONE – Direction
Rebecca Rouse – Assistant Director and Dramaturg
Monica Duncan and Ross Karre – Video Design
Nick Houfek – Lighting Design
Senem Pirler – Sound Engineer
Gelsey Bell – Voice
Justin Hicks – Voice
Jade Hicks – Voice
Andie Springer – Violin
Aaron Siegel – Percussion
Mallory Catlett – Director