ARTAUD IN THE BLACK LODGE

CREATIVE TEAM

Music DAVID T LITTLE | Libretto ANNE WALDMAN

Direction MICHAEL JOSEPH MCQUILKEN

Written for Timur and the Dime Museum

ABOUT

ARTAUD IN THE BLACK LODGE scours darkness to find the light, exploring the artist’s attempt to transcend society’s brutality by filtering it through a mystical lens. A new work of opera-theater, it traces this pursuit from its earliest roots in the occult, through the catastrophe-births of Dada and Surrealism. It blooms through its engagement with the ideas of artists Antonin Artaud, William S. Burroughs, Aleister Crowley, Hermann Nitsch, Anaïs Nin, and David Lynch, illuminating uncanny connections through divine madness. Part magick ritual, part mad scene, it is a deeply personal work, confronting these predecessors as much as it channels them. Through a non-linear narrative spanning more than a century, ARTAUD IN THE BLACK LODGE looks to the past in order to suggest a path forward; inward to find a way out.

 

SUPPORT

Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and the Allen R and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera. Developed by Beth Morrison Projects and the California Institute of the Arts. 

PRESS

PRAISE FOR DAVID T. LITTLE

 

"One of the most imaginative young composers on the music-theatre scene…not a post-classical composer but a classical composer with a surprisingly broad range.”

-The New Yorker

 

"A knack for overturning musical conventions”

-The New York Times

 

PRAISE FOR ANNE WALDMAN

 

"A counter-cultural giant."

-Publisher's Weekly

 

One of the top advocates for American Poetry"

-The Huffington Post

 

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