CHRYSALIS will take place on Tuesday, October 15 at 8:00 pm in the Hart Recital Hall at the MSU College of Music in East Lansing, MI.
Chrysalis is a new musical project in collaboration with virtuoso soprano Justine Aronson, and acclaimed countertenor, Patrick Bonczyk. The work will consist of a physical installation of a shroud of gauze resembling the structures built by tent caterpillars. Inside the shroud, the musical performers will control glittering lights to alert the audience to their presence without coming into direct visual contact.
The music will be modeled on Thomas Campion's eerily transcendent lute song, Author of Light, re-imagined as a scintillating duet with piano accompaniment. The text of the lute song speaks to the mystery and paradox of corporeal existence—"Sun and moon, stars and underlights I see, but all their glorious beams are mists and darkness being compar'd to Thee."
We are always changing but we can't really understand each other because everything we do is mediated by the fact that we have to communicate it. Transmission = communication. The metamorphosis is hidden by the cocoon. The cocoon is the singularity of our minds as island existences. The combined musical and visual experience will function as an exploration of how individuals perceive each other through transmission both as a physical property of sound and light and as a mode of aesthetic communication using the metaphor of shrouded metamorphosis.
The money donated to this campaign will help fund the cost of materials to create the installation. The premiere will take place on October 15, 2013, in Hart Recital Hall at the MSU School of Music in East Lansing, MI.
Risks and challenges
As with any experimental work, there is a possibility that no one will understand it. That's one of the purposes for this Kickstarter (to raise awareness about the project prior to the premiere).
It's also possible that the gauze tent will fall down and catch fire. I'm not sure what that would say about the mediation of artistic communication, but I'm kind of curious.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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