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"King Fear" a new Mask-Opera

“King Fear”, a non-verbal Mask-Opera, is a ritualistic cycle in a sequence of human behavior; a metaphor for abuses of power.

"King Fear" a new Mask-Opera

“King Fear”, a non-verbal Mask-Opera, is a ritualistic cycle in a sequence of human behavior; a metaphor for abuses of power.

$1,335
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31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 24 2011 9:37 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 24, 2011

About

'Any form of government can be usurped by tyranny, especially a Democracy, where the people do not expect it.'

Seeking "TAX-DEDUCTIBLE" contributions to continue the composition and building of the physical components for the new Mask-Opera, "King Fear". 

“King Fear”  a full length, 90 minute theatre production, is a ritualistic cycle in a sequence of human behavior; a metaphor or analogy for abuses of power. When society becomes indifferent and passive, it contributes to this form of self-destructiveness. For history to stop repeating itself, we need to recognize the threats before it is too late to return to common sense. Thus the idea behind “King Fear”.  (Minimum cast of 19.)

Antonin  Artaud“On leaving the theatre, the spectator ought to have the feeling that he has just awakened from some strange dream, in which even the most ordinary things had a strange, unfathomable charm, characteristic of dream reveries, and unlike anything else in the world”.

State of the Project:   “King Fear” is an original, non-verbal Mask Opera, produced as an international collaborative project and designed to be performed to international audiences. Part of this international collaboration is a structure of two teams working simultaneously on two continents. The original music score is composed specifically for this project in collaboration with Israeli Composer, Ady Cohen, and his wife Bavat Marom, Opera Singer. A second team is working in Connecticut, USA, including Adelka Polak, Choreographer, and Larry Hunt, Writer / Maskmaker / Director. Through long distance dialogues and internet communications, the script has seen several re-writes, additions and deletions. Prototype masks for all of the characters have been made and performed in workshop modes. Music concepts have been developed.  Costume for the “Queen” was created. 

This funding process will include: 

1. Coordinating the development of the musical score with the conceived choreography for up to 20 performers

2. Provide the space and time for the composer, choreographer, singer and director to explore the rhythms, themes and relationships amongst the characters

3. Define and refine the operation of the “Voice” characters on stage

4. Design the stage set and props

5. Plan lighting necessities.

"King Fear" is a combination of theater and music styles intended to be a theatrical cross-over experience.  "King Fear" will appeal to theater lovers, music lovers, opera lovers, and dance lovers, mime, puppets and masks lovers, in short – almost everyone would find something to like in this show.

The Video above is an excerpt visualizing the Queen in a moment of reflection of her past after the King, reigning despot, has thrown her to the floor in a state of rejection.  She is a visual metaphor for lost desires, hopes and expectations.

Two grants have been awarded for this project so far.  Connecticut Culture and Tourism for playwriting and Puppeteers of America for shadow puppet work.

Ady Cohen is a film composer who also composes music for the stage, TV and the concert hall. He is the winner of the 1998 Israeli Academy Award for Best Film Score for the movie "Dangerous Acts". Having come from a family of musicians, Ady was naturally drawn into the world of music, and soon enough became very successful at it. On the basis of his early work, the late Maestro Leonard Bernstein became Ady’s patron and sponsored his studies at New York University where he graduated with Honors as a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  

     Ady has composed over 30 film scores in Israel, the USA and Europe. He has written the music for numerous theater plays and dance performances, as well as for TV films and series. 

Legendary musicians, such as Grammy Award winning composer Lalo Schifrin (“Mission: Impossible”), have praised Ady’s music, and some of his illustrious collaborators include distinguished directors such as Academy Award winner Zbigniew Rybczynski (“Tango”) and animator Gil Alkabetz (“Run Lola Run”).

Larry Hunt is an actor, director, mask-maker, and educator. Since 1977, he has performed throughout most of the United States, much of Canada, and many other countries including China, Japan, Australia, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Bulgaria, Serbia and England. Since 1980, Larry has produced and performed original theater works under the auspices of MASQUE, an international touring company which he founded. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8S1ZY1Q0ww

Larry creates all of his own masks, characters, and situations.  Each mask embodies a “clown” persona in the most positive and dramatic sense of the word.  With this in mind, the characters and situations are involved in observing and commenting on the human situation whether it be the absurdity of the ego or the plight of a lonely old man.  Much of the work is on a metaphorical basis which guides the audience to their personal involvement and interpretations.

Non-verbal work allows his work to travel world wide including his production of "Playing With Klee" in Hong Kong, China inspired by the artwork of Paul Klee.  He also wrote and directed a non-verbal 'Hamlet' produced in Denmark with Dunkelfolket Mask Theatre.  "King Fear" is a culmination of many years of study and experimenting in visual mediums of mask and movement.

Pictures of Awards Below:

                                                          T-shirts: White on Black Fabric.

     Faust Video -- $50.00  
   Servant Bust -- $200.00
   Jester Bust -- $300.00  
   Jester Mask -- $400.00
   Servant Mask -- $400.00
   King Fear Bust -- $500.00
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