International Festival of Arts & Ideas Residency
Writer Aaron Jafferis and composer Byron Au Yong develop Trigger, a theatrical oratorio about belonging and isolation prompted by the Virginia Tech Tragedy. Along with creating the foundation for this new project, they interact with artists, scholars and performances at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. Below are two related public events:
June 27 Can Art Mediate Conflict? Yale Center for British Art
June 28 Developing New Work Broadway Lofts
The Orphan of Zhao (趙氏孤兒) U.S. Premiere Production
A classic Chinese play about revenge and sacrifice in a new adaptation by James Fenton, directed by Carey Perloff. The music for this production includes three ensemble numbers + six solos, as well as numerous musical transitions for the 25 scenes. This is a play with music scored for voices, xun, kubing, violin, cello, cymbals, drum, gongs, and water.
June 4-29 American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco
July 8-August 3 La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego
The Orphan of Zhao (趙氏孤兒) is a classic Chinese play about revenge and sacrifice. This new English adaptation by journalist and poet James Fenton, receives its U.S. premiere, co-produced by American Conservatory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse.
The music for this production includes three ensemble numbers + six solos, as well as numerous musical transitions for the 25 scenes. This is a play with music scored for voices, xun, kubing, violin, cello, cymbals, drum, gongs, and water.
June 4-29, 2014
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
July 8-August 3, 2014
La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego
Carey Perloff (director)
Byron Au Yong (composer)
Stephen Buescher (movement)
Daniel Ostling (scenic design)
Linda Cho (costume design)
Lap Chi Chu (lighting design)
Jake Rodriguez (sound design)
Philip Estrera, violin
Jessica Ivry, cello
+ members of the cast
KTSF-TV (Chinese-language video with interviews and rehearsal footage)
Stage and Cinema (historical details about the work)
Rehearsals started earlier this week for The Orphan of Zhao (趙氏孤兒). Here’s the sign on our rehearsal room. The ensemble songs are definitely not quiet!
The new production runs at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, from June 4 – 29, 2014, and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, from July 8 – August 3, 2014. Here’s the trailer…
|photo © Joe Freeman
Media sculptor Susie J. Lee and I work on Piano Concerto – Houston.
In late January, we visited Houston and interviewed pianists. In early March, we gathered & recorded pianists. Now we are in Seattle editing audio & video + building the installation. Piano Concerto – Houston (part of the 11 Pianists Project) was commissioned by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts for the inaugural CounterCurrent Festival. The exhibition opens April 8.
Visit 11pianists.com for details about the pianists, score, exhibition, & more.