Anthony Braxton Theater Improvisations
In celebration of the 75th Birthday of trailblazing composer and EiO mentor Anthony Braxton, Experiments in Opera presents a run of performances of Compositions No. 279-283 composed for improvisational actor and improvising musicians. This production is in collaboration with the Tri-Centric Foundation, which supports the continued evolution of the music of Anthony Braxton.
Drawing on Braxton’s complex systems of graphic notation, character development and narrative poetics, these compositions ask performers to engage with newspaper clippings, traditional improv comedy techniques and historical comedy tropes, all in the name of creating a dynamic and surprising evening of music and theater. These shows will feature director/performer Rob Reese, as well as a different set of musical improvisors for each night of the run. Confirmed musicians include renowned improvisers Nate Wooley (trumpet), Jessica Pavone (strings), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones), Kamala Sankaram (vocals) and Elizabeth Saunders (vocals).
Thursday March 26, 2020 – Rob Reese, Jessica Pavone and Kamala Sankaram
Friday March 27, 2020 – Rob Reese, Ingrid Laubrock and Kamala Sankaram
Saturday March 28, 2020 – Rob Reese, Nate Wooley and Elizabeth Saunders
General Admission – $30
VIP Tickets (priority seating and post-show party) – $75
*All tickets include an additional $2 Theater Restoration Fee, which keeps the lights on in our new digs.
Experiments in Opera is focused on re-writing the story of opera. They believe that new operas can be adventurous and fun, focused on strong and intimate storytelling, while also challenging notions of what experimental music can be. EiO invites composers, directors, designers and performers to create new work that embraces unconventional mediums, a range of durations and production scales, and explores collaboration between all types of artists working to share their visions. They bring new operas to the stage as quickly as we can, marking the urgency of artists with something important to say and the desire of audiences to be a part of the excitement of risky and rewarding work. experimentsinopera.com