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CHRYSALIS a work of performance art that will take place on October 15, 2013, at the MSU School of Music.
11 backers pledged $350 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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    Receive a download of the completed audio and video recording along with a complimentary PDF of the musical score.

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    Receive a mysterious cocoon of paper which will contain fragments of the musical score hanging from a spindle of thread. It is also guaranteed to be shrouded in mystery.

    Also receive a download of the audio and video recordings and PDF score.

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    Receive a bound and signed copy of the score, and a paper cocoon made out of paper from the premiere performance score hanging from a spindle of thread, encrusted in electronic fairy-lights, and draped in an gauze shroud. Levels of enigma at this donation point are near the threshold of sacred mystery.

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