What is life without a BODY?
I used to feel guilty at night. I live in, I always used to live in two countries, the diurnal one and the continuous discontinuous very tempestuous nocturnal one. But I didn’t tell. I thought myself under false pretences in the one and in the other under false pretences differently, since I had but one visa for both. Furthermore I couldn’t have said which was the main, the primordial one, having two lives and two temporalities, which one was the legitimate or the other. I went to the one that was perhaps the other with the surreptitious joy that gives the soul wings on its way to love, to lovingness, even without going anywhere save to the depths. I have a rendezvous. What a delight to head off with high hopes to night’s court, without any knowledge of what may happen! Where shall I be taken tonight? Into which country? Into which country of countries?
Hélène Cixous, Dream I Tell You
The inspiration and libretto for my opera-in-progress BODILESS comes from French-Algerian writer Hélène Cixous’ Dream I Tell You. She sees dreams as a way of processing extreme emotions such as pain, passion and ecstasy, which we are prohibited from exhibiting publicly in our culture. For me, opera, which I see as a means of telling stories through symbols and archetypes, is the perfect way to portray this symbolic function of dreams as preternaturally emotive representations of everyday life. Through compositional structure and fluctuating rhythms, I try to replicate my own experience of conscious and unconscious states — at times blurry, unstable, shifting foundations surrounding “learned,” overly sentimental gestures. This relationship of blatant romance and unstable grounding, results in a bombastic give and take between serenity and chaos, and mirrors the dramatic, unpredictable state of dreams.
Dream I tell WHO?
BODILESS will be my first full-length opera to be premiered by Contemporaneous at Roulette on April 8, 2014. As a singer I often compose for myself and other specific voices, which is an important element of BODILESS. I have worked with Contemporaneous and the singers in this production for the past few years and am very excited to build on my artistic relationships with them.
The principal artists for this production include:
Lucy Dhegrae — soprano
Ariadne Greif — soprano
David Bloom — conductor
Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda — designer
Gabrielle Herbst — composer and soprano
It takes a village to put on an opera.
Producing BODILESS is an ambitious undertaking. The $4,000 that we need to raise in this campaign will be a crucial part of the funding for artist fees, transportation, rehearsal space rental and costume and set supplies. Your support will allow for a successful premiere and will launch a future for this piece.
BODILESS is a unique collaboration among young artists committed to the exploration of new opera. We are so excited to share this piece with an aim to give you something both majestic and current.
The cast and crew of BODILESS want to:
- party with you!
- have tea with you
- give you music lessons
- sing a recital for you and your friends
- write you personalized lullabies
- make your party unforgettable by coming out of your cake
I hope that our video portrays the deep connection and loyalty this group of musicians have for each other and for the project. We are so grateful for all of the support we can get for this huge production.