Kocho is an interdisciplinary work with music by Garrett Fisher, choreography by Christy Fisher, performed by the Fisher Ensemble.
Kocho is a dreamworld that surrounds you with gorgeous site and sound, celebrating the fleeting and magical nature of beauty.
On September 23 (2011) the Fisher Ensemble will premiere Kocho at the Galapagos Art Space (NYC), with music by Garrett Fisher, choreography by Christy Fisher, direction by Benjamin Mosse, art installation by Louise McCagg, words by Amy Schrader, video by Ryan K Adams, and costumes by Zane Philstrom. It will be produced by Beth Morrison Projects.
We'll also be presenting the piece on August 27 in Seattle before we take it to NYC.
Kocho is intended to be a site-specific piece. It's the tenth full length piece we've created that bridges ancient and the modern traditions, and what the New York Times calls "a groundbreaking hybrid." While Kocho tells the story of a priest who "liberates" a butterfly by letting it dance under the plum blossom, our main aim is to allow the audience to enjoy and experience the lyricism of the words and images.
We're drawn to the Galapagos Art Space because we believe it will offer an unforgettable experience. With great acoustics, Galapagos offers walkways, a stage, and balcony and will allow us to perform the piece in and around the audience, to immerse them in the music and theater. Pools of water are spread throughout the venue, as well as evocative lighting which will help transform the space into mythical world where past and present meet.
The score includes a combination of 6 string fretted acoustic bass (Greg Bagley), flute (Margaret Lancaster), trombone (Jennifer Hinkle), Indian harmonium (Garrett Fisher), gongs and percussion (Dean Moore) and includes 5 vocalists (Shawna Avinger, Daniel Brylow, Jeremiah Cawley, Maria Mannisto, and Kathea Yarnell), and silent dancer (Christy Fisher).
Where does the money go?
Your support will go to travel expenses (10 people from Seattle to New York), lodging, per diems and fees, as well as theater expenses and rentals. As we are a registered nonprofit, all funding is closely monitored by a board of directors.
We see this wonderful opportunity as an investment in our ensemble's future. With the help of internationally acclaimed Beth Morrison Projects, we aim to reach a wider audience and to find venues both in the US and abroad that will take interest in our work. Your support is crucial in making this dream a reality and we appreciate you taking time to get to know us.
If I pledge an amount higher than $10, do I still get your amazing Psyche album which will cause me to dance into the wee hours of the morning and piss off my neighbors?
Yes. But don't blame us if your landlord calls you at 3 am. Don't hate us because our music is beautiful.
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If I pledge an amounter higher than $20, do I still get to attend your benefit, mingle with the glamourati, drink wine, win auction items and door prizes, and hear an intimate performance of Kocho?
Yes. AND you also get the Psyche album as well. AND you'll feel good about yourself because you supported Kocho. However, you'll feel even better if you pledge more. You get what you pay for.
It's a feature length film based on the musical theater piece by Garrett Fisher. Magda Goebbels (aka the "1st Lady of Nazi Germany") is a Hapsburgian DNA blend of Fellini, Almodovar, the Coen Brothers, and Lynch. A mix of hallucinatory fantasy, absurdity, surrealistically dark comedy, Nazis and drag queens, Magda Goebbels tells the story of an actor whose blurred relationship between her life and cabaret act unhinges her at her leather seams.
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Jul 14, 2011 - Sep 10, 2011
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An mp3 of "Lullaby" from Psyche + a personal thank you note + a big virtual hug!
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An mp3 version of our CD "Psyche" which combines opera and "pulsing electronica" (Seattle Times). How cool is that? You can be both smart/artsy - and club-hip at the same time.
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Join us at our benefit (August 27) in Seattle! We'll be running through the entire piece. Oh, and there's free booze, auction items, door prizes, and a chance to mingle.
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1 Fisher Ensemble CD of your choice (mp3 download) OR 1 Yoga Class at Seattle's Phinney Ridge Yoga
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Your choice of one of the items above OR an autographed DVD of Psyche the web opera
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Your choice of one of the items above OR an autographed, boxed set of all Fisher Ensemble CDs OR 2 yoga classes at Seattle's Phinney Ridge yoga
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Your choice of one of the items above OR an autographed boxed set of all Fisher Ensemble CDs OR 2 yoga classes at Seattle's Phinney Ridge Yoga, a yoga mat, and a yoga blanket
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Your choice of one of the items above OR a signed original Kocho score with handwritten excerpts OR a house concert by three members of the Fisher Ensemble (to be performed at a mutually agreeable date and time)
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Your choice of one of the items above OR be a guest for a day on the set of Garrett Fisher's upcoming feature film "Magda" (working title) AND have an Associate Producer credit on the film. Feel free to invite up to 3 friends!
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Your choice of one of the items above OR an original song composed by Garrett Fisher to lyrics of your choice (so long as you have the rights to use them). Perfect for many occasions. (Note: Garrett Fisher retains rights to the music) OR an original dance choreographed by Christy Fisher (to be performed at a mutually agreed upon location and date).
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Your choice of one of the items above OR a 30-minute or less chamber opera composed by Garrett Fisher. (Garrett Fisher retains the rights to the music). Lyrics and subject matter to be mutually agreed upon.