Music by SHARA NOVA (WORDEN) | Libretto by ANDREW ONDREJCAK
ORLANDO is a new, evening-length performance inspired by the Virginia Woolf novel. The character of Orlando lives through multiple centuries, embodying the fashion and customs of the day. Born a biological male, Orlando mysteriously switches genders in the novel and continues evolving – through sexes and occupations, circumstances of love, boredom, despair, and hope.
Visually, Ondrejcak attempts to create a new hybrid of physical and digital performance by combining the live performers with real-time avatar puppeteering. Similarly, Nova’s compositions traverse the real and unreal by combining baroque instruments with the computer-generated sounds; traditional rules of harmony are combined with modern complex rhythms. As the character of Orlando lives through centuries, the musical landscape evolves from acoustic to digital as the performer’s avatar morphs into new bodies, echoing the central tensions in Woolf’s Orlando - that of the relationship between past and present, fact and imagination.
PRAISE FOR SHARA NOVA