Imagine a stage with a full marimba orchestra, a choir interspersed among the marimbas, and an aerial dance group soaring overhead. Metamorphosis, an innovative new work by Randy McIntosh, joins 3 arts organizations ~ Kutandara Marimba Experience, The Boulder Chorale and Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance ~ to tell a powerful story of crisis, hope, and renewal.
I’m Randy McIntosh, Music Director of Kutandara Marimba Experience and the composer of Metamorphosis. This work was inspired by our community’s response to the suicide of my best friend's 16-year-old son, Jesse Simon. This work is in his memory and is a celebration of how his family and community stood together and picked up the pieces to not only move on, but to make the world a better place.
The musical story of the journey of this community from unimaginable sadness to a place of hope is told through the life cycle of the butterfly, experiencing pain and transformation, emerging stronger and more beautiful than it was before, but always with the knowledge that life is short and to be treasured.
Metamorphosis features teenage performers alongside adults. The composition had its genesis in a teen suicide, and performing together with teens brings power to the message of hope that Metamorphosis shares. Several suicide awareness and prevention organizations are collaborating with us in support of this event ~ Second Wind Fund of Boulder County, Colie's Closet, and The HOPE Coalition.
Metamorphosis celebrates hope, grace, humanity, and the ecstatic nature that we all share in the moment. It is a memorial to those life-changing times that teach us that the moment is all we have.
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About the Work
Never before has a performance combined a complete traditional African marimba ensemble, electronica, over 25 solo and ensemble singers, and a full aerial dance troupe. Metamorphosis will be a stunning and unique work of art. The work tells the story of life and how even in tragedy there is transformation and new life. The path of the story is presented over the course of one hour, in 5 movements, anchored in the years of Jesse's life and death: 1994 and 2010. Woven into the music are spoken-word excerpts from key events in each of these years, renewed with new meaning for Metamorphosis. Throughout the work, voices raise to the heavens, in Psalmic prayer sung in Hebrew and in the Shona language of Zimbabwe. The final movement is a jubilation of sight, sound, and movement full of inspiration and hope.
About the Performers
The Boulder Chorale is proud to be Boulder’s oldest and largest community choral organization. The mission of the Chorale is to artistically enrich, inspire and reach out to the greater community through a love of singing. The Boulder Chorale has 5 choirs and 4 conductors with singers ranging in age from six years old into their eighties. The group performs exceptional music at the highest levels of musical excellence, with outreach performances, special events, and regular season concerts. For more, visit www.boulderchorale.org.
Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance is a professional performing arts company and school in Boulder, Colorado. Frequent Flyers’ critically acclaimed performances have reached over 150,000 audience members since 1988. Performances blend stunning modern dance with spectacular aerial arts. We venture inside and out on low-flying trapeze, aerial fabric, bungie, rope & harness, lyra, static trapeze, stilts, invented apparatus and more. Frequent Flyers® was founded by Nancy Smith, artistic director and co-author of the first book on the art form titled, Aerial Dance. For more, visit www.frequentflyers.org/page/current_season/.
Kutandara Marimba Experience fuses ancient African music traditions with Latin, jazz, gospel, classical, and world folk influences. Kutandara works with a variety of instruments, songs, and dances from around the world. Primary inspiration and influence comes from the Shona peoples of southern Africa, with traditional and contemporary composers working in an unbroken musical tradition going back well over 1000 years. For more, visit www.kutandaramusic.com.
In less than 2 months, we will perform Metamorphosis at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado. We hope you will come to see this incredible show. Help spread the word by sharing this link with your friends: The-Metamorphosis-Project.org. More information about tickets is also available on our site.
April 12 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 13 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 14 @ 2:00 pm
April 19 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 20 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 21 @ 2:00 pm
Risks and challenges
If you've gotten this far, I hope I've done what it takes to get you excited about our project. So, now comes the fine print:
Metamorphosis is a labor of love and a result of these wonderful groups trusting in the power of community. Bringing together three arts organizations working in very different areas takes a lot of planning, coordination, and teamwork ~ from things as simple as setting up rehearsals, to staging, pre-production, and sharing our enthusiasm with our different groups of supporters. Yet, the idea of bringing together communities is at the core of the work itself, so we are inspired and strengthened by our partnership, and we are committed to seeing this project through, regardless of the challenges!
The total budget for Metamorphosis is over $50,000. We have an incredible venue, but the truth is that even if we sell out every single performance, we won't cover our expenses. In addition to many performers volunteering their talents, we've been fortunate to receive some grants that are moving us toward our goal. But, because we believe so strongly in the message of the work we are taking a chance by moving forward without full funding.
There are very real risks and challenges to this project. If there weren’t, it would not be worth doing!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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