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New opera experienced through wireless headphones at LA's historic Union Station! Christopher Cerrone, composer; Yuval Sharon, director

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."

Yuval Sharon and Christopher Cerrone at the sound test at Union Station
Yuval Sharon and Christopher Cerrone at the sound test at Union Station

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.

We have lots of fun rewards as a "Thank You" for contributing, so check them out and pick the one you like the most.  

More importantly, please share this page with your friends, family and colleagues so that everyone can share in this exciting experience. Kickstarter is an ALL-OR-NOTHING campaign, so the more people in the know, the more likely we will reach our goal. 

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!

Love,

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

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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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  • Our $25,000 goal only covers a fraction of what The Industry has to raise to make Invisible Cities happen. Kickstarter takes 9% of all campaigns, so if we can raise at least $27,000, we get to keep our entire goal! All gifts above that are split 50/50 with our partner LA Dance Project, so you are supporting two-for-one with your gift above our goal!

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  • When you select a reward level, you get the items in that level plus all the items included in the level before it!

    For example, if you select the "Hypatia" level, you get an exclusive Sennheiser Blue Ink Silver Pen plus the item from the "Isidora" Level (thank you acknowledgement in the Invisible Cities program) which also includes the "Diomira" Level (Shout-out on The Industry's Facebook & Twitter pages).

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  • Every Kickstarter backer at the $25 and above level will have early access to headphones (a.k.a. tickets) before the general public! Pre-sale begins September 2. With only 13 shows and only a limited number of headphones per performance, tickets are sure to go fast. So get in the front of the line with a Kickstarter donation today!

    Moreover, if you contribute at a level of $1,000 or more you will get FREE tickets to the performance along with a lot of other great rewards!

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    The Isaura Level - The Zenobia Level plus two tickets to an Invisible Cities performance (other than opening night), a feature acknowledgement on The Industry's website and a copy of the Invisible Cities libretto with notes from Director Yuval Sharon!

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    The Fedora Level - The Aglaura Level plus dinner for two with Director Yuval Sharon at the renowned Traxx Restaurant in LA's historic Union Station (where Invisible Cities will take place), two tickets to the Invisible Cities opening night performance and premiere party PLUS two tickets to another performance of your choice, a feature acknowledgement on The Industry's website and special mention on Invisible Cities printed materials, a copy of the Invisible Cities libretto with notes from Director Yuval Sharon, a custom voicemail sung by the lead singers of Invisible Cities for your phone, and your name projected on the wall at Union Station at the performance!

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