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"I Want to Hear the Sea" is a modern opera, inspired by the Myth of Sisyphus, from Seattle performance art group Earth and Ceremony.
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"I Want to Hear the Sea" is a modern opera, inspired by the Myth of Sisyphus, from Seattle performance art group Earth and Ceremony. The piece is conceptualized by Rachel Green, directed by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo and created by Rachel Green, Anna Telcs and Daniel Salo. 

We are pleased to announce that our latest project, an opera entitled I Want to Hear the Sea, has been accepted into this year’s NW New Works Festival at On the Boards! This new work will premiere on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, in one of the most respected showcases of new and experimental works from Pacific Northwest artists. 

I Want to Hear the Sea is inspired by the Myth of Sisyphus written by Albert Camus. This piece examines the absurdity of modern life as symbolized in his never ending nature of his efforts. The score, written by Salo, is a blend of electronics and classical arrangements. These elements, in combination with Anna Telcs’ stunning costume design and Rachel Green’s choreography, will set a high standard for the type of work we are looking to create with our Earth and Ceremony collaborators. 

Costume Design Sketches by Anna Telcs
Costume Design Sketches by Anna Telcs

 

Costume Design Sketches by Anna Telcs
Costume Design Sketches by Anna Telcs

 

     
Salo, Rachel, and Sharon in singing rehearsals
Salo, Rachel, and Sharon in singing rehearsals

Why we need your support

This campaign will raise the funds required to offset costs of rehearsal space, costume fabrication, artist fees, and set construction to help us realize our shared vision for this ambitious undertaking. Our campaign goal is to raise $7,500 over the next 30 days, and we won’t be able to reach it without YOUR support!

For a better idea of what exactly we’ll be using these funds for, I Want to Hear the Sea will feature a large scale costume produced by designer Anna Telcs, and is large enough to require several puppeteers to operate it during the performance. This also includes custom metal work created by Brain Constans (Precision Art Works) and carpentry by David Alexander Nelson. The costume will be lit with projections masterminded by our lighting designer Tristan Roberson. This costume and set will serve as a foundational artistic element in next year’s expanded production of this same piece as part of Earth and Ceremony’s inaugural 2018 season.

We are very excited and blessed to have such amazing talent involved in this production. I Want to Hear the Sea collaborators include Anna Telcs, Belle Wolf, Sharon Park, Le’Ecia Farmer, Skylar Tatro, Whitney Bashaw, Rachel Robillard, Katelyn Norris, Cassandra Wulff, David Alexander Nelson, Garek J Druss, Brian Constans, and Tristan Roberson.

Rachel working with chorus members Le'Ecia Farmer and Katelyn Norris at the Brickhouse
Rachel working with chorus members Le'Ecia Farmer and Katelyn Norris at the Brickhouse

 

Singers Sharon Park and Rachel Green working on movement. Playing the role of Sisyphus and the Myth of Sisyphus
Singers Sharon Park and Rachel Green working on movement. Playing the role of Sisyphus and the Myth of Sisyphus

 

Thank You! 

Thank you friends, family and patrons for your consideration and ongoing support of our artistic endeavors, and we can’t wait to share I Want to Hear the Sea with you this June at On the Boards! 

Earth and Ceremony 
Rachel Green
Anna Telcs
Daniel Salo

P.S. Personal thanks to Rachel for putting so much effort into getting this campaign running and the video spliced & looking awesome! xo -Salo

About Us

Rachel Green
Rachel Green creates site-specific multimedia performances that tell stories about our human condition. She regards the body as a container for emotions, infusing her work with delicate and volatile expressions of human feeling. The work invokes a sense of the primal and cerebral while exploring ancient and mythic themes. green takes inspiration from nature as a way to harness one’s own power, wildness, wonder, and freedom.
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Rachel Green working on choreography
Rachel Green working on choreography

 

Anna Telcs
Anna Telcs was born in England, and raised in the northwestern corner of the United States in Seattle, Washington a landscape prized for its strides in technology and sustainability. Having studied Humanities at Seattle University (BA), Anna received a BFA in Industrial Design at the University of Washington finishing top of her class and the recipient of three scholarship grants. Moving to New York Anna went to work in innovative and independent fashion houses, working for Thom Browne and Helmut Lang using her industrial design perspective to design engaging pieces of hardware and accessories, studying production and made to measure.

Concerned about the issues building within the industry Anna began creating artwork and costume to reflect her observations. Presenting her work in museums and exhibitions world wide, highlights include showing at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process Show, a solo show at the Henry Art Gallery (the museum at the University of Washington) and two of Anna’s pieces were accepted into the permanent collection of The Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA). From 2008 Anna worked as a creative consultant for clients such as Microsoft, the Bezos foundation and Totokaelo and has been presenting her work and lecturing across the United States pivoting at the intersection of art, design and fashion’s impact on the human experience. In 2015 Anna went to London to work with NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) the world's largest platform for independent and emerging designers. As Head of Agency, Anna enjoyed working with independent designers, corporations and government agencies to create better synergies within the fashion system.
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Anna working with materials with Belle and Rachel
Anna working with materials with Belle and Rachel

Daniel Salo
Daniel Salo is a composer and sound artist residing in Seattle, WA. As a multi-instrumentalist he has written and performed music for piano, organ, guitar and string quartets. Salo started playing piano at an early age and performed in multiple orchestras playing contrabass. During his time at Indiana University he took a job working as a stage hand at the Musical Arts Center on campus, he became mesmerized by opera music and performances. He began experimenting with blending synthesizers, noise/ambience and electronic music into his own classical background. His music has been featured in film and t.v. and widely used in performance art and dance. Salo’s music is both haunting and hopeful, influences from minimalism and the avant garde he aims to create unique scores into the ethereal.
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Audio track from the first scene of Signal, a performance dance piece created by Rachel Green for Duwamish Reveled 2015: 

I Want to Hear the Sea - Cast and Crew 

Concept Rachel Green
Directed by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo Created by Anna Telcs / Rachel Green / Daniel Salo 

Music
Daniel Salo 

Libretto
Rachel Green
Daniel Salo 

Costumes
Anna Telcs 

Choreography
Rachel Green 

Stage Design
Anna Telcs 

Singers
Rachel Green
Sharon Park 

Dramaturge
Jean Tarbox

Dancers
Belle Wolf
Cassandra Wulff 

Chorus
Le'Ecia Farmer
Katelyn Norris 

Performers
Skylar Tatro
Whitney Bashaw
Rachel Robillard
Anna Telcs 

Audio Design
Garek J Druss (Object Sonore) 

Stage Construction / Planning
David Alexander Nelson
Brian Constans 

Lighting Design
Tristan Roberson

Metal Work
Brian Constans (Precision Art Works)

Carpentry
David Alexander Nelson

David and Salo starting construction on the ramp being used to hold the costume
David and Salo starting construction on the ramp being used to hold the costume

 

Brian testing different metal types for creating the rods used to hold the costume material in the air
Brian testing different metal types for creating the rods used to hold the costume material in the air

 

Earth and Ceremony

Over the past few years, we’ve created several site-specific performances, mixed media productions, sound installations, visual installations, films, new compositional works, and several performance art pieces - culminating in the launch of our new, multi-disciplinary production company, Earth and Ceremony. This group, comprised of singers, musicians, dancers, cinematographers, sculptors, technicians, and other collaborators, will endeavor to create the kind of forward-thinking art that we consider essential to our shared experience as humans.

Risks and challenges

This project is being presented for the NW New Works festival as planned on June 17 and 18, and the challenge will really be meeting our campaign goals to present this piece as we have intended and imagined. Your support is what makes this all possible!

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    Our Gratitude

    Online thank you on the new Earth and Ceremony Facebook page and a warmfuzzy knowing you've done your part to support new artistic work here in Seattle!

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    Image gallery and line of libretto

    You'll receive an exclusive gallery of images and videos from both the performance and rehearsals PLUS a line of our libretto hand-picked by Rachel and Salo.

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    You will receive a digital copy of Salo's score featuring singers Rachel Green and Sharon Park, with sound design by Garek J Druss.

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    Earth and Ceremony private party

    You'll receive an invite to join Earth and Ceremony for a party at Capitol Hill's Cloud Room that will include a private performance of selected pieces from "I Want to Hear the Sea."

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    You'll receive in the mail a handwritten page of the musical score and libretto. You will also be included in our brochure as a major supporter for I Want to Hear the Sea. As well as all other rewards, including digital copies of music and documentation of the performance, as well as an invitation to a private performance at the Cloud Room (Seattle, WA).

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    Earth and Ceremony Personalized Booklets

    You will receive all other rewards PLUS our handmade booklet personalized for you, which includes original prints of the performance and rehearsals, handwritten musical score and libretto and more! You will be recognized as a major supporter in our 2018 season and will be provided tickets for all performances.

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