About this project
Invisible Cities represents a thrilling new collaboration of art and technology that has never been done before. In fact, this type of performance would not have been technologically possible even 10 years ago.
Imagine yourself in LA's historic Union Station, surrounded by passengers and passersby, wearing a comfortable pair of top-of-the-line Sennheiser wireless headphones with crystal-clear sound technology, listening to a new opera while discovering the live singers and dancers appearing and disappearing throughout the space. This is Invisible Cities, and we can't wait to share this singular experience with you and audiences everywhere.
Composed and adapted by Christopher Cerrone (hailed as "a rising star" by the New Yorker) and directed by Yuval Sharon (a 2012 "Face to Watch" according to the LA Times), Invisible Cities brings to life Italo Calvino's beloved and mysterious masterpiece. The production,presented by The Industry in partnership with the LA Dance Project and powered by Sennheiser, allows the audience to roam freely through the station, pursuing individual characters or creating your own story in the moment.
Premiering Saturday, October 19, 2013 for a limited run, this 70-minute world premiere opera will allow audiences to engage with the performers more intimately than ever before. Invisible Cities will also excite a new audience for cutting-edge opera in Los Angeles. Last spring, The Industry launched its inaugural production, Crescent City, a large-scale multimedia collaboration which the LA Times claimed "reshapes LA Opera." This month, after producing First Take at the Hammer Museum, the LA Times declared that The Industry "is quickly and dramatically making itself an essential component in American opera."
There's no limit to the positive impact we will be able to make on our community with Invisible Cities--but we need your help to make this project happen. Beyond Los Angeles, we are hatching plans to tour Invisible Cities to beautiful and historic train stations throughout the US and the world, so the more you give, the more people will be impacted by this unique experience.
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Click here for more information on The Industry and Invisible Cities.
Thank you for joining us on the forefront of new opera in Los Angeles!
The Invisible Cities Team
~Christopher Cerrone, Composer
~Yuval Sharon, Director
~E.M. Gimenez, Lead Sound Designer
~Marc Lowenstein, Music Director
~David Mack, General Manager
~Rachel Scandling, Associate Producer
Risks and challenges
No one is better qualified than The Industry to handle the challenges of producing a new opera in a site-specific space, all the while keeping a sense of joy and a positive attitude in the creation process. The Industry made the Impossible possible with CRESCENT CITY, and many of the same team members behind that enormous success are participating in INVISIBLE CITIES.
The biggest wild card with this production is the interaction between the performance and the public; it's both the largest "unknown" as we prepare the piece and also the most exciting element of the production. Yuval Sharon's concept for an "invisible production" strives for the work to co-exist with the everyday life of the station as seamlessly as possible. To make this happen in as safe and enjoyable a way as possible, we have assembled an all-star production team constructing plans of attack for addressing any logistical or technical surprises that may come our way in the station. The same team is equally committed to allowing for the unexpected moments and joyous surprises that this audience experience necessarily entails.
Technically speaking, the involvement of Sennheiser goes beyond the equipment and extends to expert technical support in realizing this production. A technical team from Sennheiser has already made one trip to Union Station to test their system in the space itself; they will make at least one more trip before we begin rehearsals in October. Their participation extends well beyond sponsorship; they are active creators in this one-of-a-kind production.
The single biggest challenge we face is financial as we strive to pay all of the costs involved with this costly new production. So we need you to help us get to the finish line; giving at any level will make a significant difference in the life of this project. Even $5 will get us the batteries we need for one audience member to experience the piece during one performance through one set of headphones.
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