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It has been a long time coming, but finally here we are: after first hitting Norway in 2016 and then two sold-out performances in London this September, our opera It’s All True is going to have its US premiere here in New York in February 2018. Three weeks of madness. 12 performances. We cannot wait.

It's All True is an experimental opera based on the complete live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi. Grounded upon the DC post-hardcore group's 1987-2002 Live Archive series, It’s All True uses only the incidental music, text and sounds, none of Fugazi's actual songs. An obsessive leap into 1500 hours of gig detritus - random feedback, aimless drum noodling, pre-show activist speeches, audience hecklers, police breaking up gigs - is the foundation of an ear-body-and-mind-flossing work that is overloaded, maddening, mundane, properly funny, and a radical incitement to action. 

It’s All True has gotten some great attention already:

  • “One of the most confronting and exhilarating things I've seen.” – BBC Radio
  • "ferocious in scope" – The Guardian
  • “London won’t forget it in a hurry…pretty life-changing” – The Spectator (UK)
  • “Object Collection kept their jaw-clenching aggro at full blast for over two hours - so polarising their audience that some walked out in protest. I loved it.” – The Wire
  • “A disorienting, multi-sensory attack” – Frieze Magazine

The opera features 4 vocalist/live wires (Avi Glickstein, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Daniel Allen Nelson, Deborah Wallace), 4 electric guitars (the incomparable Dither Quartet: Taylor Levine, Josh Lopes, James Moore, Brendon Randall-Myers), 2 drummers (Shayna Dunkelman and Clara Warnaar) and is designed by Peter Ksander, stage managed by Liz Nielsen, sound design by Philip White. THESE great artists are the reason we are able to make this work. We are asking for your support for THESE fabulous people.

The Ensemble
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All donations will go directly to artist fees. For us, our collaborators and co-conspirators are Object Collection’s greatest asset. We don’t blow money on fancy tech-toys or unnecessary geegaws. We scrimp and save and stretch every production dollar to its breaking point. We learned to make our work in funky basements and weird backrooms with long histories and bad electrics. By far, most of the money we are able to pull together for our projects goes directly to the PEOPLE who work on these things, who give so much of themselves to realize these pieces.

Please consider donating. Check out the schwag (we think it is pretty cool). Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at the shows!

[PS- Object Collection is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. ALL donations are 100% tax-deductible.]

Deb
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The Band
The Band

 

Risks and challenges

Object Collection has been in the business of making all-out, out-there experimental work in New York City since 2004. It’s All True is our 10th major performance project, and those who have seen our shows know how we and our collaborators pour every ounce of ourselves into the work. We love what we do, and we want to keep doing it as long as we possibly can.

But making experimental work has its financial challenges. As we all know, funding for the arts is scant, and experimental work that is aesthetically challenging, or asks difficult questions, has an even tougher time finding funding. We have managed to stay alive and kicking for these 10+ years largely due to the support from our fans and contributors like you. By contributing, you will be helping us to pay our collaborators the kind of fees they deserve. And when you see the sweat flying at the show, and find yourselves pinned to the back of the theater, you will know what we mean.

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    IT’S ALL TRUE BUTTON

    Pin your support on your leopard-print fringed vest and cut-off jean-shorts summer-look with a brand-new "It’s All True" button. Fashion-forward metallic emblem for the new generation. You won't fool the children of the revolution!

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    IT'S ALL TRUE EP - (unreleased tracks)

    A six-track EP of **all unreleased tracks** from IT'S ALL TRUE.

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    OC VIDEO-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB

    Every month in 2018 you will receive a new video link in your email featuring a complete, full-length OC piece from the distant (and not-so-distant) past.

    Holy crap we have been doing this for a while, we have a ton of shows!

    Maybe you work at a bar and want to have monthly OC movie nights. Maybe you work at NASA and want to beam these to Andromeda. Maybe you are just curious about has been going on for the last 13 years in dank theaters with questionable electricity in NYC.

    Now is your chance to see a metric ton of weird, sweaty "theamustricpra" (that's what we call it now - alert your professors). Collect them all. Use them like Pokémon cards. Does "Famous Actors" defeat "Actua 1"? Find out!

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    Hey, a new shirt! It's green! It's has googly-eyes! Designed by our longtime friend and collaborator, Hannah Dougherty. Be the coolest kid at your late-night crew call or too-early kindergarten playgroup. Amaze your friends, alarm your foes! Men’s and Women’s sizes.

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    4 hours of ambient chitchat and broken pianos? Super-aggro noise fuzz? Duo performance in a basement in Tokyo? Old operas? Yes!

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    Invitation to sit in on a rehearsal for It’s All True or one of the other projects we have coming down the pipeline in 2018. See us squirm and sweat and mess up! Explore the nattily equipped hourly rehearsal rental spaces of NYC! Perch over a drumkit and thrill while Travis gets lost in his own score! What is planned? What is left to chance? Why are these lovely performers willing to keep doing these pieces?? It’s every ounce as glamorous as you can imagine. Earplugs supplied upon request.

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    An ORIGINAL text/performance score made JUST FOR YOU by Kara. Put it in a frame and hang it on your wall. Hide it in a drawer and take it out in 30 years. Perform it silently in public. The applications are endless! Guaranteed to be made from lots of love, out-of-print books, scotch tape, and non-sequiturs.

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    HOUSE CONCERT

    Kara and Travis will present a suitcase performance in your home. It will be an intimate experience uniquely designed for you. Invite some friends and make a night of it. Interrogate us in person and try to get us to explain ourselves! You supply the snacks, we'll supply the not-quite-entertainment. We’ve done this in Japan, Italy, Germany, Ohio. Curious much?

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