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Unseal Unseam: An Electroacoustic Opera
October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm$20.00 - $25.00
An immersive, electroacoustic opera about one woman’s journey to leave her abusive husband. Based on the story of Bluebeard’s Castle, director Shannon Knox reimagines Bluebeard’s wife, Judith, as she travels through her own psychological purgatory to reclaim her life. In this unusual combination of noise and extended vocal techniques accompanied by electronic music, composers Sharon Chohi Kim and Micaela Tobin create a lustrous cacophony of amplified objects and operatic singing wherein the audience is invited to witness the intimate rituals of Judith’s transformation.
Unseal Unseam is a 45-minute immersive performance that travels throughout the theater. Due to the intimacy of the performance, tickets are limited, and reserving in advance is highly recommended. Highways Performance Space is equipped and accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shannon Knox (Director, Scenic Designer) is a recent winner of Opera America’s 2017 Director Designer Showcase for her production concept of Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollander. She has worked with acclaimed opera company, The Industry, on Yuval Sharon’s production of Young Caesar. Recent credits also include Associate Designer for Christopher Barreca’s production of Eugene Onegin at the Spoleto Festival, and Brigette Dunn’s experimental dance piece, Distorted Realities at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. www.shannonknox.com
Sharon Chohi Kim (Composer, Judith) is a Los Angeles-based voice artist, educator, and composer, recently making her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Pacific American Master Chorale Orchestra. She was seen as Lucha in Hopscotch–a mobile opera for 24 cars (dir. Yuval Sharon) with the acclaimed opera company, The Industry, and as a vocalist in the West Coast Premiere of Sila: Breath of the World by John Luther Adams for the Ojai Music Festival. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera, El Paso Opera Company and Chamizal National Memorial, Texas; Opera Nova Scotia, and Jang Chun Art Hall and Yeoungdeungpogu Theatre in Seoul, South Korea. www.sharonchohikim.com
Micaela Tobin (Composer, Judith) specializes in contemporary voice, recently performing with the opera company, The Industry, in their production of Hopscotch—a mobile opera for 24 cars (dir. Yuval Sharon). Other credits include the premiere of a new opera called Body Ship at the 2016 New Works Festival at REDCAT, Los Angeles, and a principal role in the opera, Dada Divas (comp. Jacqueline Bobak), at the XIII Festival Internacional Musica Nueva in Monterrey, Mexico. Micaela made her Canadian debut as a vocalist in the Exo-Endo ensemble (comp. Andrea Young) at the 2016 Vancouver New Music Festival. She composes and performs her own hybrid of noise music and opera under the moniker, “White Boy Scream,” recently performing at the New Music Encounters Plus International Music Festival in Brno, Czech Republic. www.micaelatobin.com
Cordelia Istel (Dramaturg, Libbrettist) is a director, performer, and arts educator. She has performed and presented work at REDCAT (LA), Automata (LA), swissnex (SF), XIII Festival Internacional Música Nueva (MEX), Irondale Theatre Centre (NYC), Irish Rep. Theater (NYC), McNally Jackson (NYC), Wild Beast @ CalArts (LA), ART/NY South OxfordSpace (NYC), not to mention countless bars, alleyways, backyards, and subway cars. She has a degrees in Political Science and Theater Studies from Yale University where she studied with Robert Woodruff and Deb Margolin, and recently completed her MFA in Performance at CalArts under Travis Preston, Janie Geiser, and Michael Pisaro. Cordelia has also assistant directed at the Lincoln Center and Spoleto Festivals, and previously worked at the Met Opera for four seasons. www.cordeliaistel.com