Prototype Festival: Opera/Theatre/Now

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Opera, Drama
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
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Festival Description

This two-week festival, distilling the curatorial visions of artistic directors Kristin Marting (of HERE), Beth Morrison (of BMP), and Kim Whitener (of HERE), features visionary music-theatre and opera-theatre works by pioneering artists from NYC and around the world. PROTOTYPE is unique in providing a permanent theatrical home for the presentation of such quality productions, spotlighting the high-caliber creations of an exciting new generation of composers and collaborators, with a focus on chamber-sized works. The programming features world premieres, presentations, a concert reading, multi-media concert, and panels to coincide with APAP and ISPA.

The Festival debuts with works from notable rising stars and gives voice to serious young composers whose work would generally be categorized as ‘contemporary classical’ or ‘post- classical’ rather than the more commercial musical theatre idiom that is being explored by other musical theatre entities in New York and elsewhere. A new body of work is beginning to explode out of New York and onto the national scene, and as this cohort of composers claims the opera-theatre and music-theatre genre in a new and unique way, PROTOTYPE will be integral in importing and exporting quality productions on an international platform. Leadership funding for PROTOTYPE has been provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Festival Dates January 9 - 18, 2013
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Featured performers 2013:
  • Bluebeard
    January 10–12 at 5pm & 8pm; January 13 at 2pm, 5pm, & 8pm
    • “They create images, atmospheres and theatrical scenes, primarily using projections to tell a story. Their approach is to visualize virtual, multilayered and mysterious spaces that change constantly. During their time as students at ArtEZ in Zwolle, Douwe Dijkstra, Coen Huisman and Jules van Hulst, the three members of the artist Collectief 33-1/3, participated in a range of projects, including The Falls, an experimental opera, based on one of Peter Greenaway’s earliest works, in which Greenaway himself was closely involved.”
  • Aging Magician
    January 15—16 at 7pm
    • “Deconstructing process. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot, in my work through my company VisionIntoArt, and, as I think about my own foray into interdisciplinary work. It was not a straight road, to be clear, but there were moments of clarity, and that clarity tended to happen after an inspiring encounter, and usually, my saying, how can I emulate this aspect of this artist’s life, or, one day, I want to work with this person. To this day, I love listening to artists talk about their process, their inspirations, and the art of putting their hybrid work together. I still remember stories told to me by choreographer Liz Lerman, and the first time I saw Rinde Eckert perform in And God Created Great Whales. I was in my early twenties: two transforming experiences.”


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