//
you're reading...
High Concepts

I, Norton (Gino Robair) / Dissecting Adam(Julia A.Miller) : Improvised Opera Workshop

Past sponsored artist Julia Miller is a composer, guitarist, electronic musician, poet, VJ/ancient technologist, and curator. She is currently organizing an opera workshop structured over five days at High Concept Labs from June18-23 which will culminate in a performance. Many of the scores and concepts are in the current repertoire of the Chicago Scratch Orchestra. Below are descriptions of the operas.


In performance, both operas take the shape of an improvised collage that combine conduction
(using hand cues), graphic scores, memory-based improvisational structures, and traditionally
notated music. I, Norton is an open-ended project—a perpetual work-in-progress—with additions
made for each performance. Dissecting Adam is in a middle phase of development, adding flesh to
a metaphorical skeleton. For this workshop, elements and characters from both I, Norton and
Dissecting Adam will be combined and juxtaposed, to reflect upon the larger whole.

Past sponsored artist Julia Miller is a composer, guitarist, electronic musician, poet, VJ/ancient technologist, and curator. She is currently organizing an opera workshop structured over five days in June at High Concept Labs. June18-23. Many of the scores and concepts are in the current repertoire of the Chicago Scratch Orchestra. Below are 

In performance, both operas take the shape of an improvised collage that combine conduction
(using hand cues), graphic scores, memory-based improvisational structures, and traditionally
notated music. I, Norton is an open-ended project—a perpetual work-in-progress—with additions
made for each performance. Dissecting Adam is in a middle phase of development, adding flesh to
a metaphorical skeleton. For this workshop, elements and characters from both I, Norton and
Dissecting Adam will be combined and juxtaposed, to reflect upon the larger whole.

Mise-en-scène

I, Norton
The opera takes place during the Emperor’s final moments, as he lay dying on a rain-soaked street.
The sound and images in each performance act as a metaphor for his life flashing before his eyes—
events overlap and appear in fragments, often repeated and exaggerated. As a result, there is no
linear storytelling involved; portions of the Emperor’s life are revealed through each realization of
the piece.

Dissecting Adam
The opera relates the existence of 111 year old Evelyn, whose life spans three centuries, having
been born in 1899 and dying in 2011. Her story is interpreted by an ensemble of solo female
voices. Generationally, the singers individually represent eras of Evelyn’s life, providing a skeletal
frame for the exploration of the evolutionary archetype through her relationship to the male figures
in her life (collectively known as “Adam”). Her lifetime provides the construct for artistic
collaboration and exploration of other themes including (but not limited to) the word play on
“adam” (human being, here translated as man) and the feminine “adamah” (ground, soil), and the
ancient Chinese practice of using oracle bones for divination.

I, Norton
The opera takes place during the Emperor’s final moments, as he lay dying on a rain-soaked street.
The sound and images in each performance act as a metaphor for his life flashing before his eyes—
events overlap and appear in fragments, often repeated and exaggerated. As a result, there is no
linear storytelling involved; portions of the Emperor’s life are revealed through each realization of
the piece.

Dissecting Adam
The opera relates the existence of 111 year old Evelyn, whose life spans three centuries, having
been born in 1899 and dying in 2011. Her story is interpreted by an ensemble of solo female
voices. Generationally, the singers individually represent eras of Evelyn’s life, providing a skeletal
frame for the exploration of the evolutionary archetype through her relationship to the male figures
in her life (collectively known as “Adam”). Her lifetime provides the construct for artistic
collaboration and exploration of other themes including (but not limited to) the word play on
“adam” (human being, here translated as man) and the feminine “adamah” (ground, soil), and the
ancient Chinese practice of using oracle bones for divination.

I, Norton and Dissecting Adam will be performed at High Concept Laboratories on Friday, June 22 at 8pm.To RSVP for the event, send your name and number of guests to RSVP@Highconceptlaboratories.org.

Advertisements

About highconceptlabs

High Concept Laboratories is an arts service organization dedicated to supporting working artists and engaging the Chicago community with arts and culture. Website: highconceptlaboratories.org

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

This is the HCL blog.

This blog is a source for our associated artists and audiences to share the experience of the creative process. Here you will find news, pictures, and video's of the new work created at HCL.

Follow HCL on Instagram

There was an error retrieving images from Instagram. An attempt will be remade in a few minutes.

Follow HCL on Twitter

%d bloggers like this: