ARTAUD IN THE BLACK LODGE
Direction MICHAEL JOSEPH MCQUILKEN
Written for Timur and the Dime Museum
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.
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.
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."
One of the top advocates for American Poetry"
-The Huffington Post