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FJORDS is a live-scored cinematic shadow puppet show based on the poetry of Zachary Schomburg.

FJORDS is a multidisciplinary performance by Manual Cinema and Chicago Q Ensemble based on the poetry of Zachary Schomburg. Co-presented by the Poetry Foundation, and produced in part by High Concept Laboratories and Black Ocean, FJORDS will consist of thirteen short pieces of music and shadow puppetry adapted from Schomburg’s book of poems, FJORDS, forthcoming from Black Ocean.


Currently in creation, FJORDS will toe the line between live scored cinema and performance art. Using live shadow puppetry, actor puppet interaction, video projection, and manipulated slide projection, Manual Cinema will create haunting visual renderings of Schomburg’s pseudo-narrative texts that morph the real and the imagined, dream states with the everyday, the conscious and the subconscious.

Performed concurrently and in close collaboration, the original score (by Manual Cinema composer Kyle Vegter) for amplified string quartet, percussion, and live/fixed quadraphonic electronics will give voice to Manual Cinema’s visual realm.  Employing extended string techniques, live audio signal processing, and theatrical staging, the musical portion of the work will be integrated with the visual elements of the show. Chicago Q Ensemble performers will manipulate amplified objects, play Peking Opera gongs, and interact with shadow puppets to create a unified and decidedly new theatrical performance experience.

WHO?

A poet, a composer, a string quartet, and a shadow puppet company

WHAT?
FJORDS, a performance that brings them all together

WHERE?
The Poetry Foundation in Chicago, Illinois

WHEN?
February 23-26, 2012

WHAT WE NEED?
Projectors, pickups, plane tickets, puppet materials, printers, screens, speakers, and more. Multidisciplinary art costs money. With FJORDS, we hope to expand the creative possibilities of poetry, chamber music, and visual theater. By supporting FJORDS, you’ll be helping Zach, Manual Cinema, and Chicago Q Ensemble reach an amazing new interdisciplinary audience!

WHAT’S NEXT?

Manual Cinema and Zachary Schomburg will be touring New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and other East Coast cities in March 2012.

Manual Cinema

Chicago Q Ensemble

Zachary Schomburg

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    A studio recorded album of all the music from FJORDS (digital download), the official FJORDS poster, special thanks in the program.

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    Manual Cinema will make you a custom shadow puppet of you or a loved one based on a picture you send us! Includes ticket to the world premiere of FJORDS in Chicago Thursday Feb 23, 2012 (Chicago area only, no travel provided), and special thanks in the program.

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