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A staged song cycle for 7 musicians & 1 actress written by Carla Kihlstedt & Rafael Oses, inspired by Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings.
328 backers pledged $29,741 to help bring this project to life.

Necessary Monsters at YBCA!

Posted by Carla Kihlstedt (Creator)

Necessary Monsters had two wonderful nights in the big beautiful blue Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last weekend.

I am exhausted and exhilarated. The SF premiere of monsters was more than I ever could have hoped for. The whole team (both on-stage and off) was nothing short of stunning. Rinde Eckert (our theatrical director) helped us to find the true heart of the piece, and Denmo Ibrahim (our esteemed actress) was utterly compelling and gave so much of herself to the role of The Collector. Needless to say, the band was superb, and the the design team really created a realm for the monsters to inhabit. I have come away from it with a whole new sense of what is possible in the merging of music, poetry and theater.

We have fantastic video footage which we will edit over the coming months, which will help us craft a touring life for Necessary Monsters, but in the mean time, I wanted to share some STILL PHOTOS with those of you who couldn't make it to the show. These were taken by Pak Han. His site is in sequential order, so you'll find the Monsters photos if you scroll down just a little bit. 

Next, we're working on finishing the studio recording of the songs, so that we can get them to you. Please be patient with me on that front. As you might imagine, it's a lengthy and involved process!

Thank you so much for helping me make this performance happen. It was really a dream for me, and I couldn't have done it without you.

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Thank you so much,



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    1. Otto Valtakoski on

      I am moved by this message, and glad that collective efforts can still bring such spiritual fulfillment in the world! Cheers, Otto.