THE 2019-2020 NEW YORK CALENDAR

January 9-17, 2020

BLOOD MOON (WORLD PREMIERE)

BARUCH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Music by Garrett Fisher | Libretto by Ellen McLaughlin | Directed by Rachel Dickstein | Music Directed by Steven Osgood

Blood Moon  is a poetic, opera-theatre piece for three characters who encounter the past on the night of a full moon: a nephew who returns to the mountain-top where he left his aunt to die forty years earlier, the ghost of the aunt he abandoned, and the moon that presides over this night of reckoning. A contemporary response to a 15th century Noh play, Blood Moonuses choreography, puppetry and a Taiko-infused score to create a meditation on the end of life, the nature of joy, regret, and whether atonement is possible.

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January 10-11, 2020

GERALD W LYNCH AT JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Composed, created, and performed by Jeremy Schonfeld | Directed by Kevin Newbury | Music Direction and Arrangements by David Bloom

A searing rock-opera, Iron & Coal zeros in on the relationship between a father and son in the shadow of the Holocaust. Taking inspiration from his father, an Auschwitz survivor, composer Jeremy Schonfeld weaves together his personal experiences with excerpts from his father’s memoir “Absence of Closure.” The ghosts of a vanished world mix with the present, brought to life through animation, a rock band, an orchestra, and multigenerational choruses, to celebrate the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.

January 14-18, 2020

ELLEN WEST (NYC PREMIERE)

GELSEY KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER, BROOKLYN NY

Music by Ricky Ian Gordon | Poetry by Frank Bidart | Directed by Emma Griffin | Music Directed by Lidiya Yankovskaya

A remarkable operatic poem, Ellen West plunges into the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body, her relationship with food, and the world closing in around her. Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, poet Frank Bidart and composer Ricky Ian Gordon examine the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, Ellen West. Bidart’s poem, which serves as the opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s journals, illuminating a psychological portrait of a woman at war with her body.

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May 27, 2020

NATIONAL SAWDUST, BROOKLYN

Composed, created, and performed by Jodie Landau | Production Design by Peabody Southwell | Choreography by Stephanie Zaletel

We continuously construct and curate our lives, our relationships, and ourselves, by choice or by circumstance. We weave the stories given to us, those we gather, and those we choose to retell, to form a sense of identity.  In identifying ourselves and each other we look to codify and define, and in such things we find both comfort and tribulations, as well as opportunity and limitations. We all jump to conclusions about gender and sexuality in others; what does it look like when those assumptions are challenged?

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