"TESLA" THE IMMIGRANT WHO CHANGED OUR WORLD
SoBe Arts in partnership with The Colony Theater is producing the World Premiere of TESLA, a multidisciplinary opera about the exceptional life, brilliant inventions and futuristic explorations of Nikola Tesla.
We need your help to make sure Tesla's grand vision to liberate nature’s energy and create a path to an environmentally clean future is illuminated with music, unique set and costume designs, carefully mapped digital animations, mechanical electrical stage devices, and poetic storytelling.
We believe this production will help bring into focus Tesla's tragic sacrifices and, through the emotional juggernaut of his story, will contribute to raising the awareness of the dangers of living unsustainably as Tesla predicted over a century ago. To meet these goals the work will receive a "live" world premiere and the production will be professionally recorded, videotaped and edited for worldwide distribution.
Tesla's radical visions of scientific potential and capitalist reform, which led to his rise as well as his downfall, resonate even more powerfully in the 21st century. There are two primary goals of our project as we are increasingly drawn to the parallels between humanity, culture and environmental sustainability. It is this conflict that is at the heart of our motivation to tell the tragic and inspirational real-life story of Nikola Tesla, one vastly more captivating than that of any epic protagonist. Tesla's prophetic work framed the worlds portrayed in science fiction and also formed the foundation for modern-day wireless energy transfer, wireless communications, laser beams, neon and fluorescent lighting, radio transmission, remote control and robotics.
The creative team from "Fairy Tales, Songs of the Dandelion Woman" and "Intelligent Systems, the surrender of self in mystical contemplation" will be taking their collaborative work into a new level for "TESLA" by, not only presenting extraordinary mapped animated projections, unique set designs and costuming, but will include an amazing physical mechanical-electrical recreation of Nikola Tesla’s Polyphase AC motor which grows and develops throughout the evening and finally becomes an electrically charged Tesla Coil during the infamous Colorado Lab scene “Sex and Electricity”
Over the last two years we have, with considerable effort, been able to raise about 80% of the funding needed for the premiere of TESLA. We are still in need of raising the last 20% of the funding to finally make this much-delayed world premiere a reality and truly need your help! Please make a secure tax-deductible donation of any size. We need this final bit of funding by May 31 to allow us to guarantee the September premiere. If the funding is not raised by June we will not have time to prepare for the September premiere in which case we will have to return most current funding by terms of the grant awards. Current funding comes from state, county and city grants as well as private foundations and a few individual contributions from longtime supporters. However, with your help we shall prevail, of this we are certain.
The funding raised on Kickstarter will specifically go to create the mechanical-electrical staged realization of a Poly-phase Alternating Current motor which is built upon (like a totem pole) and developed throughout the evening to ultimately becomes a real electrically charged Tesla Coil! If we are so fortunate as to receive additional funding beyond our goal, you can be sure it will be used to hire our creative staff, professional vocalists & musicians and enhance the creation of sets, costumes, projections and videography and of course more funding for marketing to make sure we sell out all live performances
Please make your donation today and together we can insure that the telling of TESLA vision, and this beautiful opera, is finally realized!
THOMAS BABE, CO-LIBRETTIST
CARSON KIEVMAN, COMPOSER & CO-LIBRETTIST
Carson Kievman’s work in opera has been informed by a lifetime working in music and theater. He started composing at age 16 and directing for the stage at the age of 19. Kievman has created 23 multimedia music-theater works, including 7 full length stage works, such as California Mystery Park, Hamlet, Tesla and Intelligent Systems (commissioned by a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Donaueschingen Music Festival, Germany).
Kievman has created various large scale orchestral works, including Symphony No. 2(42) (1991), Symphony No. 3 (hurricane) (1995), Symphony No. 4 (biodiversity) (1998), Symphony No. 5 (2010) and Symphony No. 6 (no man’s land) (2014). Symphony No. 2(42) was commissioned by the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra to honor the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death, recorded in 1996 by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra-Katowice, and the Polish Radio Choir of Krakow, Delta David Gier, conductor, and released on New Albion Records. The recording was selected by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times as one of the Top Classical CDs of the year and received radiant notices including, “Original in its outrageous flights of fancy” (Los Angeles Times), “A truly original and artistically sensitive work" (All Music Guide) and "It provides one of the most powerful musical experiences I have had in recent times." (Spoleto Today).
JEFFREY MARC BUCHMAN, STAGE DIRECTOR
Risks and challenges
Of course there are always risks and challenges to any artistic project, especially a main stage multimedia opera with its many details and challenges. However, Mystery Park Arts Company (d/b/a SoBe Arts) is in its 28th years of producing recordings, concerts, workshops and stage productions. And, in the last five years, we have overcome all obstacles to produce a major new workshop of "HAMLET" opera (originally commissioned and work-shopped by Joseph Papp for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival) and two fully staged multimedia operas (see video clips above): "Intelligent Systems" (commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Donaueschingen Music Festival) as well as "Fairy Tales" (originally work-shopped at the National-Theater Mannheim and Princeton University). Were there challenges? Yes, there were many hurtles to overcome, but SoBe Arts overcame every challenge it faced and there is no reason to believe we will not succeed with the world premiere of TESLA (which was originally work-shopped at the New York City Opera Vox Festival).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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